Setting a New Standard for Human Rights
UN Human Rights Council vote: September (2018}
Today over 1.2 billion peasants and their families, representing a third of the global population, face increasing violation of their rights – in the form of evictions from their lands and territories, unfavourable production and market policies, poor working conditions, ongoing criminalisation and killings, among others.
La Via Campesina has been active for years working towards a United Nations Declaration on Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas. Now it is at the point of being finalised.
The declaration will set a new standard for human rights. It promotes food sovereignty and supports the development and implementation of socio-economic policies that improve our food and agriculture system. It will also pave the way for the creation of public policies in favour of peasants and rural workers in countries where such policies do not exist.
It is therefore important to pressurise our governments to vote in favour of the final text of the declaration at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council in September 2018 and during the UN General Assembly in New York.
Source: Time to Mobilise #peasantsrightsnow
Peasants and other people working in rural areas are key to achieving food security and food sovereignty, realising the right to food, fighting climate change, conserving biodiversity and revitalising rural areas.
The current draft of the declaration was finalised in April 2018. A process that began over 10 years ago. Thereafter, the text will be tabled for final voting and adoption at the UN General Assembly.
In this context, La Via Campesina – a global movement of peasants, indigenous people, landless people, agricultural workers, women, and young people – is calling upon all our members and allies to mobilise and reach out to the respective governments, demand and convince them to vote in favour of this initiative that upholds humanity.
We encourage everyone to create decentralised strategies to take the message of the Declaration to rural communities.