The UN Declaration on the rights of peasants

21/11/2018

An idea that sprang from an Indonesian farmers’ union can go far… right up to the adoption of an international instrument at the United Nations. 

The UN and its Human Rights Council do not belong only to heads of state and diplomats. Peasants have proved it, people can change international law. An idea emanating from a farmers’ union, representing the hopes of millions of people, can become an international instrument in the service of progressive movements.

At the beginning of the new century, farmers who came together in the Via Campesina movement, decided to take on the UN and gain recognition for their basic rights.  After 17 years of struggle, the efforts of the farmers and their allies were rewarded – the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

So how did a farmers’ initiative become a UN Declaration ?

This book recounts a process that is unique in its kind and remains an inspiration for other movements around the world. The most memorable moments, the power struggles, the strategies and the stages of this amazing adventure are all described here.

The book also provides a detailed presentation of the Declaration of the Rights of Peasants, an indispensable instrument for healthy food, for farm-saved seeds, for protection of the environment and biodiversity, for the protection of food producers, but also for many other future common struggles.

This book will be published in an ebook version in English at the beginning of 2019. You can already reserve it at this address: contact@cetim.ch at the price of CHF 5/4 euros.

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