A total of 148 organizations from 28 countries issued a statement calling for the revocation of the 2019 Strategic Partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).
“The Duterte administration has been consistent in violating people’s rights and resorting to militarization even in confronting a global health crisis such as this pandemic. We appeal to realign state priorities by focusing on medical solutions and providing aid to the vulnerable sectors instead of repressing and demonizing independent efforts that only want to help,” said the PCFS.
“Food security amid the global pandemic is a ticking time bomb if not addressed with a strong resolve to uphold the right to food and peoples’ welfare,” PCFS concluded.
In a joint statement, the groups stressed that the rural people have been among the most vulnerable to the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The statement was released to mark the annual “Day of the Landless”, which various groups use as an event to highlight the issues on and struggles for land of peasant communities.
“We condemn the use of starvation through imposed economic restrictions and the de facto martial rule under the guise of counter-insurgency that deprive them of food sovereignty to force their displacement,” said the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS).
“In both communities, the farmers and fisherfolk are being deprived of their right to produce food and sources of livelihood, and consequently throwing them to hunger, essentially violating their right to food,” noted Eddie Billiones, spokesperson of Tanggol Magsasaka.