Participating organizations highlighted the catalyzed efforts of the current administration to create and amend land-related laws that significantly impact the small farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ access to land. One highlight includes a discussion on the abrogation of the Vacant, Fallow, and Virgin (VFV) Land Management Law—a land registration scheme aimed to secure land rights for investors. With the recent lapse of the deadline, farmers—mostly ethnic minorities—are being forcibly removed from around 20 million hectares of land for corporate interests.
We urge the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to decisively cancel Oceanagold’s FTAA.
Rural communities around the world are rising against landlessness. In Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, and many other countries, farmers are reclaiming their lands from local landlords and foreign TNCs. Hundreds of communities facing eviction are holding their ground against the advance of landgrabbers.
In spite of the repeated calls by civil society organisations over the years of the war, the suffering in Yemen has grown. We hereby renew the call to the international community to halt the starvation of the Yemeni people.
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty led a Global Day of Action on December 10, International Human Rights Day, in time for the 70th year commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Member organizations and networks of the Coalition organized activities that highlight their respective local struggles under the theme “Stop Killing Farmers! End Impunity Now!”
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.