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Peasants’ proposals included in the revised draft Declaration

The second session of the intergovernmental group on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas was held in Geneva from 2-6 February 2015. A revised draft Declaration was presented. The new draft takes up most of the proposals put forward by peasants’ organizations at the informal consultations in November 2014. A large delegation from La Vía Campesina and other organizations attended the meeting.

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Second session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on a United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

The second session of the working group took place from 2 to 6 February 2015, in Room XX of the Palais des Nations (Geneva). To see all the official documentation of this session go here

Negotiation of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas

Brief of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, January 2015.

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Final study of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the advancement of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

AC study

In the present study, the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council focuses on the rights of the most vulnerable people working in rural areas, in particular on those of smallholder farmers, landless workers, fisher-folk, hunters and gatherers. The Committee recommends that the Human Rights Council  develop a new international human rights instrument on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. The
declaration on the rights of peasants adopted by the Advisory Committee, annexed to the
present study, could serve as a model.

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A victory on our path to an international declaration on the rights of peasants

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_Part_1.2.2.png(Switzerland, Geneva, June 27, 2014) On June 27th, the United Nations Human Rights Council Assembly passed a resolution authorising the continuation of the process of drafting an international declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. Bolivia is in charge of starting up informal consultations between States and civil society as well as organising the second session of of the Intergovernmental Open-Ended Working Group, which is scheduled to take place in November 2014.

The declaration project originated with the Via Campesina, and it is the fruit of ten years of work on the part of this international movement which is comprised of more than 164 organisations in 73 countries. (more…)