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Human Rights Day: “No land, No life”, Land grabbing is a human rights violation

Statement to mark the International Human Rights Day collectively issued by the PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP); Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) of Indonesia, National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) of Sri Lanka; Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) of the Philippines; Human Development Organization (HDO) of Sri Lanka; Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) of the […]

Justice for Hacienda Luisita farmworkers!

Statement by the Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) on the 10th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita massacre (For additional information on the infamous massacre that killed seven farmworkers on November 16, 2004, please visit http://luisitawatch.wordpress.com/)

The Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) joins the farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita in the Philippines and their supporters in […]

Support The Hacienda Luisita Massacre Tenth-Year (HLMX) Campaign

The Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and its local affiliate in Tarlac, the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) are in the forefront of the land and justice campaign in Hacienda Luisita. We are the main convenors of Luisita Watch, a network of human rights and agrarian reform advocates from […]

Peasant Women International Mission Confirms Landgrabbing of Highest PH Gov’t Officials

“Land is at the very heart of human rights, of women’s rights.” The Peasant Women Fact-Finding Mission (IFFM) in Hacienda Luisita and in Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal confirmed cases of landgrabbing involving high government officials in the Philippines. “Landgrabbing deprives women and their families of their right to livelihood, food and the safety and welfare of […]

SONA 2014 & Hacienda Luisita: What happened to BS Aquino’s promises?

In the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last year, President BS Aquino made special mention of his family’s controversial sugar estate, Hacienda Luisita with promises of land distribution and social justice. “Kung may isa man pong paksang paboritong ikabit sa pangalan ko, ito ay ang Hacienda Luisita,” Aquino said, while claiming that land […]

Lupa at Hustisya (Land and Justice): Hacienda Luisita

A new video (in Filipino) by the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), Tudla and the Luisita Watch network narrates the saga of farmworkers and reports on the current state of land reform and human rights in Hacienda Luisita.

A brief report on the implementation of government-mandated land distribution in the historic and highly-controversial Hacienda […]

CSO Statement to the 32nd FAO Asia Pacific Regional Conference

Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am P.P Sivapragasam, a member of the Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) and representing the Civil Society Organizations.

First of all, I would like to table here our deepest sadness that one of our CSO colleague and an international activist Ms Chandrika Sharma from India was on […]

Int’l agri workers group appeals to PH Pres. Aquino to order release of Luisita farm workers

The Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) today condemned the latest incident of atrocities in the Hacienda Luisita sugarcane plantation in the Philippines. On Sunday, 22 December, police arrested eight farm workers who tried to stop the clearing operations of the Tarlac Development Corp. (TADECO), arguing that the area is already covered by government’s land […]

UNCTAD report citing need for food sovereignty, welcome, but best hope lies in peasant struggles

International groups Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), the Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) welcomed the release of the Trade and Environment Review 2013 published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for stressing the need to achieve food sovereignty and empowering […]

PAN AP calls for immediate release of Filipino agrarian reform advocates

PENANG, Malaysia – International advocacy group Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) today asked Philippine authorities to immediately and unconditionally release 11 Filipino agrarian reform advocates, including a member of Philippine Congress representing farmers and workers, whom the local police have arrested last 17 September 2013.

Those detained are from different peasant organizations […]