Peasants are key to food security, the fight against climate change and the conservation of biodiversity security. Yet their rights are systemically violated and they are subject to multiple discrimination. 80% of the people that suffer from hunger and extreme poverty live in rural areas and most of them are peasants. Each day peasant farms disappear because of the lack of remunerative prices or access to productive resources, and peasants are evicted from their lands or killed when they defend their rights. An international instrument can contribute to better protecting them and improving livelihoods in rural areas.
Support our campaign at the United Nations with La Vía Campesina
- to better protect the rights of peasants and improve livelihoods in rural areas
- to reinforce food sovereignty, the fight against climate change and the conservation of biodiversity
- for a real agrarian reform and a better protection against land-grabbing
- for the right of peasants to conserve, use, exchange and sell their seeds
- for remunerative prices for peasant production and rights for agricultural workers
The CETIM is for many years firmly committed to a better protection and promotion of the rights of peasants. Together with La Vía Campesina, the international peasant movement comprising more than 164 organizations in 74 countries, and representing over 200 millions peasants, the CETIM is currently the leader of the campaign for the adoption by the Human Rights Council of a United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
In September 2012, the Human Rights Council adopted by vote (23 Yes, 9 No and 15 Abs) a resolution (21/19) presented by Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, and South Africa establishing an intergovernmental working group to develop and adopt a Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
The decision of the Human Rights Council was the result of a long and joint effort by the CETIM, La Vía Campesina and FIAN International.
The adoption of such a Declaration 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 recognize new rights to peasants and improve the protection of existing rights by giving them more visibility and coherence.
The 17th December 2018, the 73 Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73) in New York adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. Now that the declaration is an international legal instrument, CETIM, La Via Campesina (LVC) and its allies will mobilise to support regional and national implementation processes.
The final vote represents the culmination of a historic process for rural communities. With 122 votes in favour, 8 votes against and 54 abstentions, the forum of UNGA representing 193 Member States, ushered in a new promising chapter in the struggle for the rights of peasants and other rural communities throughout the world.
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Victory for the rights of peasants at the UN: the Human Rights Council renews the mandate of the intergovernmental working group in charge of developing a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants! The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution allowing the continuation of the process toward the adoption of a UN Declaration on […]
Madame Chair, Famine and malnutrition continue to gain ground throughout the world, and we have known for several years that the Millennium Development Goals will not be reached in 2015. Worse, 80% of more than a billion persons suffering from hunger and malnutrition live in rural areas and are food producers, as both the Advisory […]
Geneva, 26 July 2013 – The United Nations Human Rights Council’s Open Intergovernmental Working Group has begun a first reading of the draft of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants. The CETIM welcomes the support accorded this process by the overwhelming majority of member states.
The CETIM was approached already in 2001 by La Vía Campesina to support its organizations have carried on an important information and advocacy effort at the Commission and then the Human Rights Council, with several peasant organizations delegates, from the Global North and Global South, coming to Geneva, and the presentation of a number of […]
Geneva, 1st September 2012 – It is with immense satisfaction that the small-scale farmers union Uniterre, representing in Switzerland the international peasants movement La Vía Compesina, and its partners in this undertaking, the Europe – Third World Centre (CETIM) and FIAN Switzerland, announce that the Human Rights Council has deemed it necessary to better protect […]