"As we continue to strive towards a world that acknowledges the rights of all human beings, the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action, adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, still sets the agenda for much of our work. The Declaration, which led to historic advances in the promotion and protection of human rights, is the most significant overarching human rights document produced in the past 40 years."
UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay
Learn more about land conflicts in Guatemala in this Food First brief Land & Sovereignty Brief No. 1 - "Sons and Daughters of the Earth": Indigenous communities and land grabs in Guatemala.
Listen to Paul Nicholson one of the founders of Via Campesina, the 20 million strong organization of farmers, peasants and fishers. Via Campesina introduced the concept of food sovereignty in 1996. The Basque farmer's organization, EHNE, that Paul is part of is one of the winners of the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize which will be awarded in New York City at the National Museum of the American Indian-New York, Diker Pavilion on October 15, 2013. Event details.
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Farmworkers have been striking at Sakuma in Burlington, Washington since July 11, 2013 for respect and a decent wage.