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End the feast on famines:
Uphold people’s rights
against wars, sanctions, and
debts!

December 2020

On the International Human Rights Day, the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty called out the “new normal” that neoliberal players are setting up for the Global South: the deliberate starving of the people to advance hegemonic interests and corporate profit.

The ongoing “hunger pandemic” plunged famine-stricken countries into deeper danger akin to Yemen. Wars, occupation, and militarism raze West Asia and North Africa. Economic sanctions trap multiple countries into debt and politically motivated conditions.

Watch the messages from PCFS Africa and LAC!

Read our statement on Int'l Human Rights Day 2020

A month later, India's farmers sit with strengthened resolve

A month at Delhi borders after nearly two months at various places in Punjab, farm activists are determined not to go back without getting agri laws repealed.

Duterte’s war on drugs: global human rights coalition to aid International Criminal Court in Philippines inquiry

Investigate PH, comprised of foreign-based church groups, lawyers and political leaders, will gather evidence of the president’s misdeeds for the ICC. It will also probe “red-tagging” of student activists, human rights advocates, lawyers, teachers and religious leaders.

Agro-capitalism, hosted by the transition government, takes advantage of the epidemiological crisis to approve the use of transgenics in Bolivia

The global crisis is causing the political elites and the ruling classes to take advantage of this moment of disarticulation and (apparent) disorganization of civil society, to promote anti-popular policies that will deepen socioeconomic inequalities in much of the region's territories in Latin America and the planet.  

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January 26
Session 3

WATCH: Education Series on People’s Resistance in South Asia

The series, jointly organized by PCFS and fellow international formations, features webinars that aim to promote the people’s struggles and movements in South Asia. Here is the compilation of all the recorded livestreams broadcasted through Facebook.

READ: Weaponized response of states to CoVID-19: Militarist trends in South Asia and Southeast Asia

PCFS, with partner Real Dev, started a series of webinars aiming to enrich the work of peasants' rights advocates and development workers from various Asian countries. Watch the 1st session (Thailand and Cambodia) here and the 2nd session (Nepal, Indonesia, and Philippines) here!

New report says part of South Sudan is in ‘likely famine’

Nowhere in the world has been in famine since one was declared nearly four years ago in South Sudan’s Unity state as civil war raged. Now western Pibor county is feared to have reached that crisis level, the result of massive flooding and deadly violence that has prevented access to aid.

Kashmir’s indigenous people fear India land grab

Communities in Kashmir fear being evicted from their ancestral land following the uprooting of more than 10,000 trees by the Indian government.

On the Golden Rice commercialization in PH despite ongoing petitions, protests

The Stop Golden Rice! Network (SGRN) Philippines condemns PhilRice’s proposal to commercialize GR in 3 years, noting the agency’s lack of transparency for the GR project and as well as its failure to address criticism against GR.

African Peoples Tribunal Faults Transnationals Operating In Africa

Testimonies on cases of human rights violations and environmental degradation connected with monoculture tree plantation expansion from ten countries across Africa identified the following companies: Socfin, Green Resources AS, Golden Veroleum Liberia (controlled by Golden Agri-Resources), SIAT SA, OLAM and PZ Wilmar.

Bill Gates’s Foundation Is Leading a Green Counterrevolution in Africa

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation promised Africa a “Green Revolution” to fight hunger and poverty. It hasn't worked — but it has upped corporate agriculture’s profits. Local farmers are being left empty-handed, and hunger is rising.

Illegal deforestation rises in South America’s Indigenous territories, parks

Between 2010 and 2020, South America lost an average of 2.6 million hectares of forest per year, according the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In other words, the continent lost an area of forest the size of Ecuador in the space of a decade.

'It's as if we've learned nothing': alarm over Amazon road project

Brazilian activists have voiced alarm over their government’s plans to bulldoze a 94-mile highway through a biodiverse corner of the Amazon along the border with Peru that is home to at least three indigenous communities.

Toxic river: the fight to reclaim water from oil palm plantations in Indonesia

Indonesian farmers struggle against water grabbing made by oil palm plantations in the villages along the Sambas river, and Ketapang in West Kalimantan.

Weathering the Storm: The Climate Crisis and Small-Scale Organic Farmers in the Philippines

Since the aftermath of typhoon Goni, the diversified farms of MASIPAG enabled easy access to seeds from previous harvest for immediate sowing after the storm in a show of organic farmers’ resilience.

Farmers in Kandal province's Saang district raise concerns over cheap crop prices

Theng Savoeun, president of  Coalition of Cambodia Farmers Community, urged the Ministry of Agriculture to support local food production instead of importing vegetables to stabilize plummeting prices.
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