The Declaration for the Rights of Peasants: one step further towards its adoption
On 28 September 2018, after 17 years of negotiating, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations passed a resolution adopting the ‘Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas’ with 33 votes in favour, 3 against and 11 abstentions. In November, the declaration will be up for voting by all Member States of the United Nation, to be adopted.
This Declaration would be a powerful tool for peasants and other people living in rural areas, as it would recognize specific rights for them: right to land, seeds, biodiversity… and provide an international framework for the development of national policies dedicated to protecting those rights.
The Declaration also recognizes the specific need to protect peasant women who ‘play a significant role in the economic survival of their families and in contributing to the rural and national economy’ but ‘are often denied tenure and ownership of land, equal access to land, productive resources, financial services, information, employment or social protection, and are often victims of violence and discrimination in a variety of forms and manifestations’. Thus, States shall eliminate all forms of discrimination against peasant women and promote their empowerment.
For more information, visit European Coordination Via Campesina’s website.