PBI-Honduras accompanies National Union of Rural Workers (CNTC) at International Day of Peasant Struggles march in Tegucigalpa
PBI-Honduras has posted:
“Monday, April 17 was the International Day of Peasant Struggle: the National Central of Field Workers CNTC Tegucigalpa signed an agreement with the Office of Presidential Designated Doris Gutiérrez, aiming to promote the productive, economic, social and cultural development of the farmworkers in Honduras.
Today, Tuesday April 18, we accompany the CNTC National Board and the participating regional boards in a march in Tegucigalpa, in the framework of, among other points, respect for the fundamental right to access and redistribution of land, to food sovereignty of the peoples and to the previous consultation, free and informed.
From PBI we emphasize the work of the CNTC and all peasant people, defenders of seeds of life and peace.”
The CNTC is a small-scale farming and trade union organization that fights for a more just distribution of land in Honduras. Its aim is to support affiliated small-scale farming families so that they have access to land.
We recall that Canada abstained in the vote on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2018.
PBI-Honduras has noted that this UN Declaration recognizes key elements such as “the right to land, to natural resources and to food sovereignty, based on the principle of equality between men and women.”
Despite Canada’s abstention, the resolution in support of the Declaration passed.
National Farmers Union
The National Farmers Union marked the day and highlighted: “We remind the Canadian government of their international obligation to ensure that transnational corporations operating in rural communities, both around the world and at home, do not violate the rights of peasants, family farmers and Indigenous peoples.”
Their statement concludes: “All over the world farmers, peasants, farmworkers and Indigenous peoples are struggling against the wealth extraction and greed of transnational corporations that subordinate all life systems and relationships to profit-making. We stand with all those who fight for the health and flourishing of life for all peoples and Mother Earth.”
PBI Honduras has been accompanying CNTC since May 2018.