Universal Periodic Review of Cuba: CETIM highlights good practices on peasants’ rights
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Universal Periodic Review of Cuba: CETIM highlights good practices on peasants’ rights

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a human rights protection mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council. It is a process based on the review of each UN member state’s compliance with its human rights obligations and commitments. All member States are assessed by other States, which may make recommendations on different issues and with…

In the name of climate: The criminalization of peasants and forest guardians in Thailand
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In the name of climate: The criminalization of peasants and forest guardians in Thailand

In Thailand, the government has been rolling out a climate change mitigation policy since 2014. One of the components of this policy concerns the protection of the country’s forests. For this strand, the government has decided to sanctuary these lands in defiance of the lives and rights of the people who live and depend on…

Land Is a Human Right
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Land Is a Human Right

This publication is a selected chapter of The Oxford Handbook of Land Politics, edited by Saturnino M. Borras Jr. and Jennifer C. Franco. This handbook is currently in development, with individual articles publishing online in advance of print publication. Defending Peasants Rights is thankfull for the authors giving access to their work. Abstract This chapter…

Proposal for an EU Directive on Agricultural Land
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Proposal for an EU Directive on Agricultural Land

In 2023, European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) wrote a proposal for a European directive on agricultural land based on Article 17 – right to land – of UNDROP. European directives are legislative acts that give general objectives to the member countries of the European Union, and the countries must then take measures to make these…

Defending Peasants’ Rights – Newsletter n°3
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Defending Peasants’ Rights – Newsletter n°3

Victory for Peasants’ Rights! The United Nations Human Rights Council votes in favor of creating a Working Group on UNDROP On October 12th, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted, with a very wide majority, for the creation of a Working Group dedicated to the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people…

TRAINING ON THE UNDROP – SESSION 2 “KEY RIGHTS OF THE UNDROP”
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TRAINING ON THE UNDROP – SESSION 2 “KEY RIGHTS OF THE UNDROP”

La Via Campesina and CETIM have organized a training course for La Via Campesina members in August 2023, and are now making training materials available to all. Session 2 of the UNDROP training seminar aims to provide a general overview and analysis of the key rights of the UNDROP, those that form the backbone of…

Peasants Rights Now!
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Peasants Rights Now!

This article was first published in Peasants Voice, the All Nepal Peasant Federation (ANPFa) Bulletin, in May 2022. In this article Pramesh Pokharel, who is General Secretary of ANPFa, introduces the UNDROP and encourages Nepalese peasants to appropriate the UNDROP and use it for their struggles. Background We know about various United Nations instruments to…

UNDROP in the Work of United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms
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UNDROP in the Work of United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms

Since its adoption in 2018, UNDROP has been included in the work of some United Nations human rights mechanisms. We present how this has been done in this contribution, in which we explain why the Human Rights Council shall create a new UN Special Procedure with a specific mandate to monitor UNDROP’s implementation. Integrating UNDROP in…

Declaration of Peasants Rights: An Instrument in the Struggle for Land
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Declaration of Peasants Rights: An Instrument in the Struggle for Land

Now that the Declaration completes 4 years, read about some achievements and challenges of the peasant movement to implement it #LVC30Years #PeasantRightsNow This article was first publish on Capire’s website on December 20th, 2022. You can find it here. The Declaration of Peasant Rights was approved by the United Nations (UN) on December 17, 2018….