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The UN Declaration on the rights of peasants as a tool for promoting collective rights

This article was published in Friends of the Earth International’s website in April 2021.

Around the world, people and communities are active in defence of the commons, territories, and peoples’ rights. From peasants protecting their seeds and traditional practices from transnational agribusiness to forest communities resisting destructive logging, many of these collective struggles take place in rural areas. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas represents an important step forward in strengthening legal frameworks that recognise collective rights, particularly in relation to environmental rights and control over the territory.


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