Take Action! Support the UN Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas!
Fifteen years of global grassroots organizing came a little closer to a victory last week when the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution to adopt UN Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas.
Small-scale peasant farmers feed the majority of the world’s population, safeguard biodiversity and cool the planet by practicing agroecology. Yet peasants’ rights are routinely violated. For example, over 75% of people living in rural and farming communities suffer extreme poverty and malnutrition. Supporting this declaration is an important step to protecting the human rights of peasants and rural populations.
The Declaration will now be voted on and adopted by all Member States of the United Nations.
Let the UN General Assembly know that the Rights of Peasants matter.
Once adopted, the UN Declaration will become a powerful tool for peasants and other people working in rural areas to seek justice and develop national policies around food, agriculture, seeds and land keeping in mind the interests of millions of rural food producers comprising all genders and youth.
According to La Via Campesina, the global movement of peasants, indigenous people, pastoralists and migrant workers, “The adoption of such a Declaration and the recognition of rights contained in the proposed legal instrument can contribute to better protect the rights of peasants and improve livelihoods in rural areas in the long term and at the global level. It will fill existing normative gaps in protection and should also be forward-looking to deal with emerging gaps and thus end discriminatory practices by giving them more visibility and coherence.”
Importantly this UN Declaration can provide a global framework for national legislation and policies to:
Better protect the rights of peasants – women and men – and improve livelihoods in rural areas
Reinforce food sovereignty, the fight against climate change and the conservation of biodiversity
Take actions to implement comprehensive agrarian reform and a better protection against land-grabbing
Realize the right of peasants to conserve, use, exchange and sell their seeds
Ensure remunerative prices for peasant production and rights for agricultural workers
Recognize the rights of peasant women and bring about social justice for people of all origin, nationality, race, color, descent. Sex, language, culture, marital status, property, disability, age, political or other opinion, religion, birth or economic, social or other status without discrimination
“This has been a long tough path but as peasants, as people who have seen the worst of poverty and neglect, we are tough too and we never give up”, says Elizabeth Mpofu, the General Coordinator of La Via Campesina.
Now it’s our turn: let the UN know that you support this global movement. Stand up for the rights of peasants and farmer workers!