April 17: Let's free peasants from free trade agreements!


GREAT EVENT Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00 - Rondpoint Schuman - BRUSSELS

On 17 April 1996, 19 landless peasants were shot dead by a private militia in Eldorado do Carajas, State of Para, Brazil. Their crime: the occupation of waste land of a rich landowner.

This unpunished murder remains in the memory of the peasant organizations of La Via Campesina, which made it the world day of peasant struggles. Violations of the fundamental rights of peasants, alas daily, are today amplified by free trade agreements (FTAs) serving only multinationals.

It is trade agreements that secure large private investors, hungry for land, seeds, water, forests, mineral resources, agricultural raw materials, peasant know-how, which trigger the race for lower incomes. ... with the help of private arbitration courts. independent of the uses, rules and laws of each country;

The FTA currently negotiated between the EU and Mercosur * is one such example. In the name of an illusory "free and undistorted competition", this FTA wants to impose volumes of imports to the EU without customs duties: 100,000 tons of beef and 90,000 of poultry, among others. A fatal blow for us, small and medium-sized European farmers already in a crisis situation.

The EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement, if it comes into force one day, is another telling example. It will greatly reduce the ability of West African countries to protect their markets from imports of sensitive agricultural products, including milk. This could be a fatal blow to the milk industry in the region. In addition, the desire of the European Commission to negotiate an FTA with New Zealand, the world's largest milk exporter, indicates that the Commission's ambition is not to promote the interests of European producers either.

These agreements, such as the CETA, TAFTA and other FTAs ​​negotiated by the EU, also generalize social and environmental dumping: the expansion of agribusiness to the detriment of farming communities, with its detrimental impacts on the rights of peasants, deforestation , monocultures and the consolidation of GMOs.

These agreements also put consumers at risk by attacking the precautionary principle and non-tariff barriers, such as food safety standards, which civil societies have struggled to gain recognition from all over the world.

The peasants of the world are the first victims of the policies of "free trade", the adjustment variable and the bargaining currency of the negotiations in progress. With La Via Campesina, they denounce today a frantic race to produce more at the lowest cost. Europe, incapable of profoundly reforming a common agricultural policy, unjust and illegitimate, of ensuring a decent income for all the workers of the earth, of preserving the environment and the climate, claims to solve these challenges by exporting. It is high time to denounce this trickery, and to impose food sovereignty.

Liberons our farmers of free trade !!

Breeders, farmers, peasants, citizens, citizens, join us in Brussels on Tuesday 17/04 against the EU-Mercosur agreement and other toxic agreements !!

To join this mobilization or share your own actions # 17April, please write to

* Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay and Uruguay (full members)

Below are statements by ECVC members on the current negotiations of the EU-Mercosur FTA:


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Advisory Committee: Yves Berthelot (France),  PV Rajagopal (India), Vandana Shiva (India), Oliver de Schutter (Belgium), Mazide N’Diaye (Senegal), Gabriela Monteiro (Brazil), Irakli Kakabadze (Georgia), Anne Pearson (Canada), Liz Theoharis (USA), Sulak Sivaraksa (Thailand), Jagat Basnet (Nepal), Miloon Kothari (India),  Irene Santiago (Philippines), Arsen Kharatyan (Armenia), Margrit Hugentobler (Switzerland), Jill Carr-Harris (Canada/India), Reva Joshee (Canada), Sonia Deotto (Mexico/Italy),Benjamin Joyeux (Geneva/France), Aneesh Thillenkery, Ramesh Sharma, Ran Singh (India)