Statement | 18-11-2014
Peasants' Rights Extraterritorial Obligations

Work continues for a Declaration on Peasants' Rights

On November 12, 2014 was held at the United Nations a consultation meeting to the second session of the Intergovernmental Working Group for a Declaration of Peasants' Rights and other people working in Rural Areas

On 12 November 2014, La Via Campesina, the International Fishers Forum (WFFP), the International Union of Food workers (IUF), FIAN International, the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) and CETIM participated in the consultation of the Intergovernmental working Group on the Declaration of Peasants' Rights and other people working in rural areas.

During the meeting, FIAN stressed the need for this declaration to correct the current systematic discrimination of small peasants, including fisherfolks, rural workers, landless peasants, among others.

FIAN International also emphasized the international obligation of states to cooperate to achieve the closing protection gaps generated by regulatory asymmetries and fragmentation of international law. States have the obligation to cooperate to close those gaps and this protection involves applying in good faith the international obligations of states and recognize the evolving nature of international law, for the realization of human rights, which also contributes to maintaining peace and democracy as fundamental objectives of the United Nations.

In this framework FIAN International supports the recognition of new rights, such as land rights, food sovereignty or seeds. These rights should be recognized nationally and extraterritorially.

Read below the Oral Statement by FIAN (available in Spanish)
Declaracion oral FIAN Gr Trabajo Derecho de los Campesinos Nov12 2014109 K