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La Declaración de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Campesinos es una gran victoria para la humanidad!

18 Dec, 2018
Posted in Defending Rights

La Coalición Mundial por los Bosques celebra la adopción de la Declaración de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Campesinos y Otras Personas que Trabajan en Áreas Rurales. El 17 de diciembre de 2018 la Asamblea General de la ONU en Nueva York, aprobó la Declaración con 121 votos a favor por parte de los estados miembro, 54 abstenciones, y 8 votos en contra.

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We congratulate the almost two decades of work put in by our comrades in social movements and organisations like Via Campesina, Indonesian Peasant Union (SPI), FIAN, CETIM and so many others that worked to turn this dream into reality.

Peasants and people working in rural areas have increasingly been subject to violence, evictions, harassment, and multiple threats. They are being criminalised for exercising what are their human rights, like seed saving. Rural women are particularly affected. This UN Declaration is an unprecedented recognition in international law of their rights, re-emphasising the obligations of member states.

This human rights victory will allow all rural food growers, peasant farmers, farm workers, pastoralists, and hunter gatherers to legally challenge harmful policies, including free trade agreements and other aspects of the broader neoliberal economic model. This can become a powerful tool in the struggle for food sovereignty and to create a just and sustainable food system.

More details on La Via Campesina website here.