ITPGRFA: Our Rights are the only hope against the confiscation of all Seeds by Multinational Patents
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ITPGRFA: Our Rights are the only hope against the confiscation of all Seeds by Multinational Patents

This article was first published on La Via Campesina’s website on September 16 2022. You can find it here. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture – commonly known as the “Seed Treaty” – is due to meet its Governing Body of 144 member states in New Delhi from 19-25 September…

UNDROP: UN experts call for action ahead of fourth anniversary
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UNDROP: UN experts call for action ahead of fourth anniversary

Source: https://www.ohchr.org/en/statements/2022/12/un-declaration-rights-peasants-un-experts-call-action-ahead-anniversary GENEVA (16 December 2022) – Despite recognition that peasants and rural workers are essential to providing everyone food and protecting the planet’s biodiversity, the world has treated them as expendable, UN experts said today. Ahead of the 17 December anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and…

Honduras: Supreme Court uses UNDROP article 19 on the right to seeds to declare unconstitutional the Monsanto Law
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Honduras: Supreme Court uses UNDROP article 19 on the right to seeds to declare unconstitutional the Monsanto Law

In November 2021, the Supreme Court of Honduras unanimously declared the Plant Variety Protection Law (Decree Nº 21-2012) unconstitutional, on the grounds that it violated the Constitution, various international treaties ratified by Honduras, as well as international standards related to the protection of the right to adequate nutrition. This judgment is one of the first to…

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP Presentation 1/3)
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The UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP Presentation 1/3)

The UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP) has been adopted in 2018, after almost 20 years of mobilization by La Via Campesina and its allies, and 6 years of negotiation at the UN Human Rights Council and General Assembly. It has been adopted to protect the…

Other International Instruments on Peasants’ Rights (UNDROP Presentation 2/3)
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Other International Instruments on Peasants’ Rights (UNDROP Presentation 2/3)

The UNDROP is based on a number of other international instruments, including (1) international human rights instruments, (2) the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocols, and (3) the Plant Treaty. 1. INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTRUMENTS Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has been adopted in 1948. In…

United Nations sources on Peasants’ Rights (UNDROP Presentation 3/3)
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United Nations sources on Peasants’ Rights (UNDROP Presentation 3/3)

In addition to international instruments, a number of other UN sources are important for peasants’ rights, including (1) the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028, (2) FAO instruments (6), and (3) UN Committee on World Food Security instruments. 1. UN DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING (2019-2028) In 2017, the UN General Assembly unanimously proclaimed the…

Implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in light of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP)
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Implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in light of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP)

The more a seed system recognizes and supports farmers as stewards of aseed system for all of humankind, the more this system fulfils people’s human rights. M. Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Portillo Cáceres and others V. Paraguay
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Portillo Cáceres and others V. Paraguay

At the global level, in 2019 the Human Rights Committee – which is responsible to monitor the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the more than 170 States Parties to the ICCPR – became the first UN Treaty Body to refer to the UNDROP, in its decision in Portillo…