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#NoLandNoLife | An appeal to stop killing farmers, Lumad fighting land grabs, and pursue peace to address land issue as cause of conflict in the Philippines

As working closely with farmers and farmworkers’ groups and human rights advocates in the Philippines, we are alarmed by what appears to be an escalation of the attacks against leaders of rural communities fighting for their land and rights.

Since the start of the year, unknown assailants have killed five people already for reasons that could […]

More peasant killings surface as slain farmworkers’ leader buried in Negros

BACOLOD CITY – Hundreds of farmers and sugar workers marched the streets of Murcia, Negros Occidental to call for justice for slain peasant leader Alexander Ceballos, who was killed by suspected paramilitary elements last January 20.

Members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) […]

#NoLandNoLife | World Hunger Day 2015: Hunger, poverty and repression killing rural communities

As the world marks World Food Day today, we join the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) in exposing the real situation facing farmers and other small food producers, especially in the poor countries, one that is characterized by worsening hunger and poverty and greater political repression that are figuratively and literally killing rural communities.

Indeed, it is […]

“We, launch unended campaign till we win” say the leaders of Northern Province Fisher Peoples’ Unity

The Leaders of NPFPU whom met their monthly meeting on Tuesday have decided to launch unending campaign on Indian Trawler issue and to find ways to address issues faced by the fishing communities. While organizing campaign they expect to propose a development plan which the fishers drafted last few months coĺlectively.

Most interestingly, the fisher leaders […]

AGRA: Land Monopoly of Large Plantations, Source of Smog Problem in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The smog engulfing several provinces in Kalimantan and Sumatra Islands are already at threatening levels causing the death of a minor last 10 September 2015.

The pollutant fumes have caused decreased air quality and an increase in number of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) cases in several communities. Each year, there is an increase […]

Haciendero gov’t allots billions for sugar barons, zero for starving workers

Agricultural workers under the national federation Unyon ng mga Mangggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) slammed President BS Aquino’s alter-egos at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) for dangling billions of pesos in public funds to finance sugar block farms, a new devious scheme favoring business interests […]

#NoLandNoLife | Filipino farm workers hit deception, human rights atrocities and land grabbing

MANILA, Philippines – As the country awaits the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Benigno S. Aquino III set next week, the Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (Union of Agricultural Workers or UMA) held its own “state of farmworkers report” in a public forum dubbed as “State of (Hacienda) Luisita” held last […]

Agricultural workers get slave-like wages, federation says

The national federation of agricultural workers fears that sugar workers would be paid even less this crop year as the tariff for imported sugar would go down to just five percent because of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement.

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com

MANILA – Agricultural workers remain the poorest of the rural poor, according to the national […]

Commute the Death Penalty on Mary Jane Veloso and Other Victims of Human Trafficking!

Her father used to be a seasonal sugar agricultural worker  (sacada) in Hacienda Luisita and even in Batangas up to the 1980’s. Her mother like him is a landless peasant. The back breaking work and very low pay of a sacada which was immortalized in the movie “Sacada” in the 70’s perpetuate one into endless […]

#NoLandNoLife | 29 March: “Day of the Landless” Stop land grabbing! Defend human rights!

Joint statement issued by the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC); Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI); Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC); People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS); PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP); Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP); Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) of Indonesia; Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) of Malaysia; Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT); Roots […]