Written by April Porteria Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:09
News Release from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) / 18 September 2013
Solon’s arrest shows Hacienda Luisita in a “state of terror”
The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today said that the arrestofAnakpawis Rep. Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap and ten other agrarian reform advocates in Hacienda Luisita yesterday proves that “the whole sugar estate owned by President Aquino’s family is under a state of terror.”
“The national fact-finding mission team were in Hacienda Luisita to document political and economic rights abuses suffered by farmworkers. Unfortunately, the team experienced first-hand the day-to-day violence experienced by Hacienda Luisita farmworkers and residents,” says KMP secretary general Antonio Flores.
“The illegal arrest and detention of Ka Pando and 10 other land reform advocates show that Hacienda Luisita is under a state of terror,” says Flores, adding, “even persons who supposedly enjoys parliamentary immunity was not spared. Imagine the life of an ordinary Hacienda Luisita farm worker at the hands of the President’s family.”
Written by April Porteria Friday, 13 September 2013 06:25
PR | 12 September 2013
People's Solidarity Festival
Grassroots groups, advocates affirm collective action against land grabs, WTO
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) through its Asia regional office together with 16 other local and international organizations based in the Philippines co-sponsored and organized the “People’s Solidarity Festival: Strengthening People’s Collective Actions to the Global Crisis,” last September 10 in Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
Around 200 participants from Philippine-based people’s organizations, civil society organizations, the academe, and international participants from the Caribbean and Asia, among others, gathered to discuss key global issues on political, economic and liberation rights and together drew resolutions for engaging in collective actions towards moving the people’s struggles forward to address such issues.
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 10 September 2013 23:26
Media Release from Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) / 6 September 2013
Penang, Malaysia - The Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) concludes a two-day Congress in Penang today, (5-6 September 2013), where matters relevant to agricultural workers were discussed. Participants came from the Asia Pacific, Africa, and North America
Health and environmental problems caused by pesticide exposure and the more vulnerable sectors like women and migrant workers, as well as issues of landlessness, workers’ rights, health and safety, are high in the list of issues discussed.
Fatima Burnad, the newly appointed chair of CAWI says “women agricultural workers face discrimination and abuse in the workplace, and this is compounded with migrant workers. CAWI will explore existing mechanisms to address these problems.”
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