Terrorizing The Struggle For Food Sovereignty

The Philippines can be considered as Asia’s killing fields in the light of 729 extra-judicial killings (as of August 22, 2006) under the 5-year old government of President Gloria Macagapagal-Arroyo. President Arroyo’s record of human rights violations has exceeded the yearly average of that of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’. An International Peasant Solidarity Mission, sponsored by the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) in cooperation with the Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacifi c (PAN AP) and People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), was organized by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) last August 6- 8, 2006 to investigate killings and other human rights violations of peasants and peasant leaders. The results are alarming, to say the least. The impact of political repression on the civilian peasantry, which makes up the majority of the Philippine population, is that of untold loss and sufferings. Peasant leaders who have led struggles against land-grabbing, high rent, low wages, usury, high production costs, agrochemical use, and destructive mining and dam projects, have been the victims of assassinations, massacres, torture, arbitrary arrest and illegal detention, and other forms of harassment by military-death squad perpetrators. Meanwhile, ordinary peasants have not been spared in the government’s undiscriminating anti-insurgency drive. Scores have been put under virtual martial rule-interrogated, beaten up, accused of being rebels, and killed, driving many out of their homes and fields because of fear.


Title: Terrorizing The Struggle For Food Sovereignty
Authors: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Tags: peasants
food sovereignty
human rights
Date: 29-Aug-2006
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
URI: http://library.ipamglobal.org/jspui/handle/ipamlibrary/484
Weblink: http://www.panap.net/sites/default/files/attachments/Terrorizing_the_Struggle_01.pdf
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Food sovereignty

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