It is time for the implementation of UNDROP (the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas) to be tackled at international level.
At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva which began this week, the Permanent Mission of the Plurinational State of Bolivia will present a resolution to create this follow-up mechanism, described in a new advocacy note from FIAN, LVC and CETIM.
Since the UN General Assembly adopted UNDROP in 2018, peasants' and rural organizations have advocated for the adoption of the rights enshrined in this historic instrument. They have fought for the realization of peasants' rights and food sovereignty and the creation of equal and truly sustainable food systems. They have raised awareness, organized UNDROP trainings, monitored its implementation, and engaged in advocacy at different levels, including through legal avenues.
In some countries, public authorities have taken steps towards implementation of UNDROP, translating its content into national legislation or developing public policies based on the rights and provisions recognized in the declaration. However, despite these advances, peasants and other people working in rural areas continue to be systematically oppressed by an economic system created for the interests of the more aggressive agribusiness sector and transnational corporations. Much remains to be done.
There have been very few efforts to monitor the implementation of UNDROP at the international level. Thus, the nature and the root causes of systematic rights violations against rural workers and of historical asymmetries of power in rural areas have not been adequately addressed in international fora.
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