To support the ongoing campaign to “Stop Killing Farmers” in Latin America and in the Philippines, the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty, in its 4th General Assembly held last October 28 in Thailand, approved the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day (IHRD) on December 10 as among its yearly global days of action. For this year, in time with the 70th year commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Coalition aims to highlight the martyrs who struggled for land and life. We will be honoring them as we continue to demand justice for their deaths, call for the end of the rising trend of farmers killings, and fight for food sovereignty toward a better society for all.
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) is highlighting farmers killings and attacks against rural peoples and rights defenders in its ‘global day of action’ to commemorate the occasion. The theme is ‘Stop Killing Farmers! End Impunity Now!’
We demand Thammakaset and the Thai authorities to drop all the charges against Sutharee, Nan, and the rest of the Burmese workers involved in this issue. Moreover, we urge the Thai government to look into the alleged unlawful labor practices of Thammakaset and other such companies. The complaints – low wages, extensive yet unpaid working hours, and confiscation of identity documents – are serious offenses that warrant liability if proven true. We challenge the company to submit itself to the investigation, no holds barred, if it were truly innocent.
Last October, the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) participated in the annual Forum of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM)[i] for relations with the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS). It was held at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy.
Historically, fascism has always been anti-farmer, anti-poor, anti-environment and anti-people wherever it rears its ugly head. The Bolsonaro regime is but the latest in addition to the indisputable rise of right-wing fascists inclined to implement neoliberal policies under a strongman banner. In less than a month, Bolsonaro has shown itself in league with other contemporary fascists in praising Trump and previous dictatorships in Latin America.
The two-day program included the sharing from SPFT, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Philippines) and Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA, Indonesia) on the lessons and challenges in carrying out their respective land struggles; the visit around the villages of Klongsai Patthana and Permsap; and a recap of the lessons learned from the past two days.