Latin America and the Caribbean


CONCERN OVER INCURSION OF ARMED GROUPS IN GARIFUNA TERRITORY

Interview with Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH about the harassment experienced by Vallecito people in the hands of heavily armed men

The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) denounced in its social media accounts that on Wednesday several armed men entered the Garifuna community of Vallecito, Department of Colon, harassing the inhabitants. The organization warns that this territory has been experiencing increasing threats and militarization in the past weeks. These lands  … Read more

Artisanal fisherfolk lose their homes in Colombia after floods caused by El Quimbo Dam

Association of people affected by El Quimbo Dam (Asoquimbo – Ríos Vivos Colombia) held sit-in on Friday 9.

On August 5, the Emgesa company issued a yellow warning in the area near El Quimbo Dam, due to  rising water levels in Magdalena River, which affects artisanal fisherfolk who live downriver. The alarms went off at midnight, when the company opened the dam gates, releasing a large amount of  … Read more

Vale ordered to pay compensation for Brumadinho

Minas Gerais court ruled mining company Vale has to pay compensation for damage caused after collapse of tailings dam.

The order was issued on July 9 by Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira, member of the Minas Gerais Justice Tribunal. While the amount to be paid by the company has not been defined yet, the court has blocked Vale´s assets for 3 billion dollars and commissioned an independent technical investigation to  … Read more

60 years after the agrarian reform in Cuba

Interview with Rafael Santiesteban, head of ANAP. Currently, over 400,000 peasants produce food for the whole island

The communications team of the 8th Continental Congress of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-La Vía Campesina) interviewed Rafael Santiesteban, head of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), present at the Congress. The event took place on June 28 in El Laguito, in Havana, Cuba. Santiesteban reflected  … Read more

7th Congress of CLOC celebrates 25 years of peasant unity

Latin American peasants expressed their solidarity with Cuba amid intensification of US economic blockade

From our territories: Unity, struggle and resistance for socialism and peoples´ sovereignty” is the slogan of this 8th Congress. 400 people are participating in it, including Latin American and Caribbean delegates, representatives of La Vía Campesina Romania, Congo, Nepal and North America, in addition to guests and allies from different countries.  … Read more

LATIN AMERICAN PEASANT YOUTH CALLS FOR UNITY BETWEEN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THE CITY

5th Youth Assembly of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-LVC)

The 7th Continental Congress of the Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-La Vía Campesina) began on June 25 in Güira de Melena (Artemisa, Cuba) with peasant youth as protagonists as they carried out their 5th Assembly. This meeting took place at the “Niceto Pérez García” Center of the National Association of  … Read more

European Union – Mercosur Agreement “will weaken” regional integration

After over 20 years of negotiations, Mercosur and the EU are closer than ever of signing a free trade agreement

This week there was a new round of negotiations and in light of the potentially imminent conclusion of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, social movements and organizations gathered in the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism expressed their rejection to the agreement  … Read more

REITOCA COMMUNITY FACES REPRESSION OVER RESISTANCE AGAINST HYDROELECTRIC DAM

Police and military officers and private security guards of company PROGELSA shot with tear gas and pellets against the community

Since January 2018, the population of Reitoca, a municipality of Francisco Morazan department, Honduras, is controlling the territories of the high areas of the town, where they set up a campsite to prevent a hydroelectric dam from being built on Petacón River. In the afternoon of Wednesday 24, police officers  … Read more

“Peasants are the ones who are standing up to a rise of fascism”

FOEI joins the actions of solidarity on the International Day of Peasant Struggle to continue that legacy

April 17 marks the International Day of Peasant Struggle to remember the 19 peasants  of the Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil who were murdered in 1996 in the “Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajas”. That day, tens of police officers attacked 1500 landless peasants in Eldorado dos Carajás. Since then,  … Read more

CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEACE IN COLOMBIA

Conclusions of the 3rd Solidarity Mission of Vía Campesina to Colombia

The leader of the Association of Rural Workers of Nicaragua (ATC) Fausto Torres, called for an “International Day for Peace in Colombia” and urged governments to demand Colombian president Iván Duque to advance in the fulfillment of the Peace Accords signed in 2016 by the State with the former Revolutionary Armed Forces  … Read more