Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:33
Press Release from PKMT and Roots for Equity
WTO KILLS FARMERS
Punjab, Pakistan – Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT) and Roots for Equity carried out a protest at the Lahore Press Club, Punjab, Pakistan to register public resistance against the World Trade Organization (WTO) which is going hold its 9th Ministerial Meeting in December 3-6, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.
The purpose of the WTO is to ensure control on global trade much of which is under the imperialist control of the advanced capitalist countries and their gigantic transnational corporations. WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) and TRIPS (Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights) agreement are immensely exploitative of farmers across the world, especially small and landless farmers of third world countries. Agrochemical and biotechnology multinational corporations especially the US corporations have stolen and imposed control over the rich genetic resources of the third world with the TRIPS agreement of the WTO thereby
Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:02
In solidarity with the people's struggles to improve the welfare and uphold the rights of small-scale fisherfolk all over the world, IBON International released this month a book on the proceedings of the successful International Conference on Fisheries and Globalization (ICFG), held last September 2012 in Iloilo, Philippines.
The publication, titled "Resist Corporate Capture of Fisheries: Build Sustainable Fisheries for the People," tackles the challenges faced by the fisheries sector, as the neoliberal policies implemented under the corporate-centered global economy have clearly resulted in widespread poverty and overexploitation of natural resources.
The ICFG was spearheaded by the People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), IBON International, the Philippine-based fisherfolk organization Pamalakaya, and the Fisheries and Marine Environment and Research Institute.
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.”
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