The rights of peasants to strengthen the human rights framework

During the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Advisory Committee will present a study on discrimination in the context of the right to food. This study concludes that peasant families are among the main victims of right to food violations and discrimination and that there is an urgent need to enhance their protection under international human rights law.

That is the main message conveyed by many internationally-known human rights defenders, activists and farmers in the Conference titled “A New Initiative to Protect the Rights of Peasants”, organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights on Monday (8/3).

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La Via Campesina welcomes UN preliminary recognition of peasant's rights

(Jakarta, February 12, 2010) The international peasant's movement La Via Campesina welcomes the preliminary UN recognition of the role and rights of peasants and small farmers in the world. The Fourth Session of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council, who met in Geneva on 25-29 January 2010 adopted the report of the Advisory Committee titled "Preliminary study on discrimination in the context of the right to food" (A/HRC/13/32). This report describes the marginalisation of peasants, rural women and traditional fishing, hunting, and herding communities. It also explains the work of La Via Campesina in establishing the rights of peasants and fully adopts La Via Campesina’s Declaration of Rights of Peasants, including it in the report's annexes.

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Rights of Peasants: ending the discrimination against peasants

Speech delivered on Wednesday, 27 January 2010, at the Fourth Session of the Advisory Committee of UN Human Rights Council, Geneva 25-29 January 2010; responding to the report of the Advisory Committee “Discrimination in the context of Right to Food” (A/HRC/AC/4/2) and addressing the Advisory Committee on the need to take further study into standard-setting on rights of peasants.

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The Rights of Peasants of South East and East Asia

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We, delegates of peasants, women and men, of the international movement La Via Campesina in the South East and East Asia region, attended the Regional Training on the Rights of Peasants in Chachoengsao Province, Thailand from 26 to 29 May 2009. During this training we reiterated our commitment to uphold these rights; our initiative towards the International Convention on the Rights of Peasants (ICRP) has been advancing within UN law and human rights mechanisms and we have been working in many different levels such as regional (ASEAN) and our respective national levels as well.

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