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"On the Front Line: Human Rights Defenders in Brazil" documents and denounces the Brazilian government's slowness, incompetence, and inefficiency in dealing with the issue. The 51 cases presented in the report are, unfortunately, only a handful of the many that threaten the defense of human rights in Brazil. However, they serve to more than...

Dear Friends of the MST,

The MST’s Human Rights Sector is asking for your urgent support and solidarity.

On November 20, 2004, 18 armed gunmen, commanded by the rancher Adriano Chafik, attacked the MST’s Terra Prometida (Promised Land) encampment. They shot and killed five rural workers, wounding another 12. This sad episode...

[03/22/06] URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Armed police in Rio Grande do Sul invade offices, attack women organizers and confiscate computers, organizing materials and other items
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Dear Friends of the MST,

The MST’s National Coordinating Body is asking for your urgent support and solidarity.

Women...

An international delegation of activists, defending biodiversity and genetic resources, held a solidarity rally today in support of the 600 rural workers currently occupying a test site owned and administered by the multinational corporation, Syngenta. The 600 workers, tied to the Via Campesina, occupied Syngenta’s experimental farm in Teresa...

On March 8, two thousand women from La Via Campesina Brazil occupied an area belonging to the Aracruz Cellulose Corporation in Barra do Ribeiro (RS). The date (International Women’s Day) and the place (close to where the Second International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development was taking place) was symbolically chosen to...

The proposal defended by the Brazilian government at the Third Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP3), has been called into question by social movements. During a debate initiated by the Global Civil Society Forum, Maria Rita Reis, of the organization Terra de Dirietos, expressed the collective discontent with...

Between March 13 and 31, La Via Campesina International will organize a camp called “Land Free of Transgenics‿ to accompany the negotiations of two conferences being held in Curitiba (PR). The camp will be in place in Newton Freire Maia Park, (formerly called Castelo Branco Park), in Quatro Barras (20 km from Curitiba) and around 6,000 small...

[03/10/2006] Land, Territory & Dignity Forum reports on their activities in Porto Alegre

Land titles for small farmers, guarantees for children who inherit farmland, and a sustainable agrarian reform that serves to develop rural areas. These are just a few of the questions that need to be addressed in the countryside.

Members...

March 8, 2006

Before dawn on International Women’s Day, around 2000 women from La Via Campesina invaded the tree nursery belonging to the cellulose corporation Aracruz Cellulose (the world's biggest producer of bleached eucalyptus pulp) in Barra do Ribeiro, Rio Grande do Sul. The objective of the mobilization was to denounce the social...

[03/08/2006] Women confront military police at International Conference on Agrarian Reform

Porto Alegre – The morning of 03/08 a group of rural women confronted the military police of Rio Grande do Sul, who had attemped to prevent the women from presenting their letter of discontent to the delegates of the 2nd International Conference on...

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