- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 18:43
The Southeast Asia and East Asia of La Via Campesina send solidarity and full support to the small-scale and family farmers who have struggled against land grabbing for last a few decades and the liberalization of agricultural market and for the right to farm and right to live in the rural area.
Once branded as one of the Four Little Dragons, Taiwan now suffers from the bitter fruit of its development under neoliberal capitalism. In the name of science and industrial complex projects, the power of eminent domain has been routinely exercised and abused in Taiwan. As of now, 6378.15 ha. of land is under threat of forced expropriation, which triggered farmers’ large and strong resistance in the form of anti-land-grabbing and anti-water-grabbing movement across Taiwan.
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 18:42
We, members of the La Via Campesina, gathered together on June 10 to 12, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, in its VI International Assembly hereby express our deep concern and support for the immediate and unconditional release of peasant political prisoners in the Philippines, who are leaders, organizers and colleagues of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) among whom are the following twenty three (23):
- Dario Tomada – former member of the KMP National Council and leader of Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas (SAGUPA-SB), the regional chapter of KMP in Eastern Visayas. He was arrested on July 22, 2010 in Biñan, Laguna, being charged of 15 counts of murder in connection with the “mass graves” allegedly discovered in Inopacan, Leyte. He is currently in prison at Manila City Jail.
- Alex Arias – former member of the KMP National Council and former Chairperson of PUMALAG (KMP Provincial Chapter in Laguna in Southern Tagalog). On April 7, 2013, he was abducted and surfaced by the 1st Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army after six days of captivity. He was arrested and detained on the basis of an amended warrant of arrest which lists 36 aliases without any distinguishing descriptions for each of the aliases written. He is now detained on charges of kidnapping and double murder.
- Oscar Villesa – former leader of the SAGUPA-SB is also being charged of 15 counts of murder in connection with the “mass graves” allegedly discovered in Inopacan, Leyte. He is currently in prison at Manila City Jail.
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 18:35
Resolution on Migrant Rights at the 6th International Conference Working Group on Migrations and Climate
June 12, 2013
The new expressions of the capitalism through the promotion of the green economy and development, and the acceleration of climate chaos is causing the exacerbation of migration, already resulting in ¼ of the involuntary global migration estimated at 210 million people. The impending food and water crises, a direct result of the climate crisis, will in turn cause even more widespread community displacement and forced internal migration.
We declare it is urgent to push for an immigration policy in the U.S. and everywhere else, that begins by repealing criminalization practices including border militarization, detentions, deportations etc., and include legalization and equal protection of all immigrants as well as address the future flows of migrants who have been displaced for whatever reason. We denounce the proliferation of anti-immigrant laws and the systemic racism they perpetuate.
- Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 18:33
We, the 600 women and men delegates representing 70 countries participating in the V1 International Conference of the Via Campesina, which is taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia, from June 6th-13th, 2013, confirm our solidarity with Cuban small-scale farmers and peasants, women and men, and with the Cuban people, in their more than 52 years of struggle and of resistance to the economic, financial, and commercial Blockade imposed by the Government of the United States of North America, whose objective is to kill a whole people through hunger and illness.
This Blockade originated as a response to the public policies put in place by the Cuban government when it attained its independence on January 1st, 1959, the most radical of which was the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform, adopted on May 17th of the same year, which benefited more than 100,000 peasant families.