A historic day for the protection of the rights of peasants
By a large majority the United Nations Human Rights Council today adopted a declaration protecting the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, including fishing communities and nomadic peoples.
The Swiss Government today voted in favour of the declaration, whereas in 2012 it still saw no need for any such declaration. A large-scale campaign mounted by Swiss civil society and parliamentarians succeeded in changing Switzerland's view. Since then the country has been participating constructively in the intergovernmental working group that spent six years preparing the text of the declaration. Jointly with their partners in the South, Bread for All, Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, Uniterre, HEKS/EPER, SWISSAID, CETIM, and FIAN Switzerland have actively championed this declaration. In Switzerland too, rural families often work under difficult conditions. Two or three farms close down every day in this country. At the same time it is virtually impossible for young people not from a farming family to gain access to agricultural land.