News | 02-02-2015
Peasants' Rights

Existent rights and states’ obligations shall advance within UN Declaration on Peasants Rights

FIAN International welcomes the new advanced draft on the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas, and further advocates for a democratic debate in the Human Rights Council that respects, protects and fulfills the human rights of these groups

Nepal, © Mohan Dhamotharan

A general statement, read today by FIAN International during the Second Session of the Open- Ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIWG) on a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas, calls for a more democratic and comprehensive legal framework that serves to eliminate any type of discrimination to these groups.

The statement was made to the draft declaration presented by the Ambassador for Bolivia and highlights that the majority of violations identified and documented have been and are experienced by peasants, fisherfolks, pastoralists, landless and indigenous peoples, and agricultural workers.

Against this background, FIAN International advocates for a comprehensive and democratic debate in which "those suffering the violations can actively participate and states can agree on the different elements of the human rights that have to be respected, protected and fulfilled."

In sum, FIAN International's statement reaffirms three aspects for consideration of the OEIWG to advance in the UN draft Declaration:

  1. human rights violations faced by peasants and other communities based in rural areas can no longer be marginalized by the international public discussion, and therefore all states shall be actively involved in the discussions of the working group;
  2. an understanding of existing rights and states’ obligations shall be developed within this declaration as they apply to the specific situations faced by peasants and other people working in rural areas (while recognizing new rights such as the rights to land, to seeds, food sovereignty, etc.); and,
  3. although peasants and communities based in rural areas are in theory equal to other people in rights and dignity, an egalitarian market regulation has discriminatory effects for them due to their different relationship to food production, fostering critical vulnerability and various human rights violations.
Read below all oral statements read during the OEIWG:
FIAN Oral statement item 4 - general remarks369 K
Oral statement Art 18 and 20289 K
Oral statement Right to Food247 K