- Published on Thursday, 24 May 2012 05:50
Policy statement of the organization committee of the People's Summit
Rio de Janeiro, 12th of May 2012
For Unity and Mobilization of peoples For Life and Commons, social and environmental Justice Against Commodification of Nature and « Green economy »
One month before the United Nations Conference Rio+20, peoples of the world don't see any positive advances in the negotiation process going on within the Official Conference. Indeed, neither the balance of agreements concluded in Rio 92 nor the ways to work on the crises' causes, have been discussed. The discussions focus on a set of fake proposals called « Green economy » and on the implementation of a new international environmental governance, that would facilitate their setting-up.
The real structural cause of the crises is capitalism, with its classical and new forms of domination, that concentrates wealth and products social inequalities, unemployment, violence against people, criminalization of those who denounce it. The current production and consummation system – represented and imposed by corporations, financial markets and governments – products and accelerates global warming, hunger and malnutrition, extinction of forests and biological, social and cultural diversity, chemical contamination, drinking water depletion, oceans acidification, land grabbing and commodification of all areas of life in towns and countries.
- Published on Thursday, 24 May 2012 05:36
Already in 1996, the international movement Via Campesina stated that “Food sovereignty is a necessary precondition of genuine food security.” “Food sovereignty is the right of people to control their own seeds, land, water and food production, ...
- Published on Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:09
Honduras, May 3rd
RA: My name is Rafael Alegría and I am from Honduras. I am the regional co-ordinator for La Via Campesina in Honduras and for all of Central America. We are co-ordinating La Via Campesina which is a movement that integrates 6 organisations at a national level: the National Office of Farm Workers (CNTC), the National Association of Campesino Organisations (ANACH), the Western Region Association (ANRO), the San Manuel Campesino Movement and the Unified Campesino Movement of Aguan (MUCA), amongst other organisations.
At this moment in time, there is a very serious agricultural conflict taking place - the campesinos want to work and produce their own food to feed their families and to contribute to the national economy. This is why on the 17th April, the International Day of Peasants' Struggles, the Honduran campesinos occupied 15,000 hectares of national, communal, fiscal and unoccupied lands. But the government and landowners are using repressive measures against the campesinos. At the moment, 126 campesinos have been charged and persecuted with preventive measures and I would also like to mention that there are approximately 700 women participating in the struggle to reclaim the land.
- Published on Friday, 11 May 2012 07:08
(Rome, May 10th, 2012) This week, the United Nations Committee on World Food Security is convening for a special session to formally adopt the recently concluded Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security. These new guidelines could prove to be one small but important step towards reforming the policies at the root cause of the food crisis.
La Via Campesina reminds governments that the guidelines have been built on a foundation of agreed upon human rights principles that cannot be negotiated. It is therefore the responsibility of states to support the implementation of these guidelines and to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of their citizens.
In this regard, La Via Campesina urgently requests all governments to condemn the practise of land grabbing that is currently displacing millions of peasants and small-scale producers around the world. Land grabbing is causing massive violations of human rights, whilst destroying land, society, environment and food sovereignty.