| 03-10-2016

Mobilizing Against the Dispossession of the Commons

The fourth of the series looks into the challenges that the rural peoples face despite playing a key role in feeding the world population and the conservation of humanity as a whole.

Rural peoples, who represent almost half of the world's population, are vital to the stability and sustainability of our societies, as they produce the food we eat while living in close relationship with Mother Earth. However, rural peoples are being increasingly dispossessed of their natural commons. While their access to and control over natural resources is increasingly limited, their environments are being polluted and destroyed. As a result, they cannot maintain and develop their territorial economies and earn an income which allows them to live in dignity. This leads them to suffer disproportionately from hunger and malnutrition.

In addition, and despite the important role they play in the conservation of humanity, most face the systematic violations of their rights. The alarming number of killings and acts of violence vis-à-vis rural peoples that defend their commons (as human rights defenders) shows that current laws and mechanisms at national and international levels are insufficient.

With the existing human rights system showing a biased approach against rural peoples, the protection of the fundamental relationship between human dignity and nature is underdeveloped. What are the required approaches to ensure rural peoples are not dispossessed of the commons?

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