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UN rights chief welcomes new text to protect rights of peasants and

“Globally, peasants feed the world, but their own enjoyment of their human rights is challenged, including their own right to food,” Ms. Bachelet said, as she stressed the importance of the new text.The document, titled ‘Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas’, was drafted in October by the Third Committee, which handles human rights issues, among others, and adopted on Monday by the UN General Assembly, in which all 193 Member States are represented.It aims to protect the rights of rural workers, including fishermen, nomads, indigenous peoples, pastoralists and other agricultural workers, such as peasants, which are defined in the declaration as “any person who engages in small-scale agricultural production”.“Peasants face dire situations that are aggravated by an imbalance of power in economic relations,” stated the High Commissioner, as she explained that “policies that could promote peasants’ rights are largely absent, and in some cases have suffered due to austerity measures”.We welcome this historic recognition by Member States of what peasantry has brought and continues to bring to humanity – Melik Özden, CETIM DirectorAmong the many hardships and rights violations faced by rural workers listed in the declaration, are: the increasing number of forcible evictions they face; their difficulties in accessing courts, police services, prosecutors and lawyers for protection against violence, exploitation and abuse; and the “high incidence of suicide” among peasants “in many countries”. They are also particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and land degradation.Ms. Bachelet explained in her statement that “women are particularly vulnerable, given widespread unlawful discrimination restricting their access to, use of and control of land, as well as unequal payment for their work.”“I hope this Declaration will serve to enhance States’ commitment at all levels to uphold and protect the rights and dignity of peasants and other people working in rural areas,” she said. “They play a critical role in preserving our culture, environment, livelihood and traditions, and must not be left behind as we implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Ms.Bachelet added.“This is a victory above all for the peasants themselves, who had been asking for this through their representatives for years, and we welcome this historic recognition by Member States of what peasantry has brought and continues to bring to humanity,” Melik Özden, the director of CETIM, one of the NGOs engaged in this issue at the UN, told UN News.“But the work does not end here. The next step is the effective implementation of this declaration, hand in hand with rural populations,” he added. read more

WIN IN BELARUS Kielce on the way to TOP 8

In the first round match of the Last 16, Vive Tauron Kielce took the 32:28 victory against Meshkov Brest and has gained a 4-goal-advantage before the return match in Kielce.Both teams started by going neck and neck; Brest had very little problems with breaking through Kielce defense, while the team from Poland showed well-thought-out attacks. Kielce had one-goal edge but their mistake allowed Belorussians to take the lead. Polish defense was far from perfect and Meshkov players often managed to throw from the 6-meter line practically untroubled; they also often looked for their pivot, ex-Kielce player, Rastko Stojković. Kielce were backed by saves of their goalkeeper which was pretty important for them because in 17. minute Pavel Atman gave his team 3-goal-lead (10:7). Sławomir Szmal made up for his mates’ mistakes and mostly thanks to his saves they were able to catch up. Before 20. minute Mateusz Kus was sent off the court for two minutes for the second time and coach Duyshebaev decided Michał Jurecki would replace his mate in the defence. The defence started playing a little better and Kielce were able to fight for a better result but even though they equalised at 12:12 with 2 minutes to go, the hosts perfectly took advantage of their opponents unsuccessful attempts and Stojković gave his team 2-goal-advantage at the break (14:12).Meshkov: Pesić, Patotski, Charapenka – Atman 7, Babiczew 1, Baranow 1, Kamyszyk, Kristopans 4, Kulak, Nikulenkow 3, Razgor 1, Szumak 1, Szyłowicz 4, Stojković 5, Tiumencew 1, Vukić.Vive: Szmal, Sego – Aguinagalde, Bielecki 8, Buntić, Chrapkowski 1, Cupić 3, Jachlewski, Jurecki 10, Kus, Lijewski 2, Reichmann 1, Strlek 3, Zorman 4.Unfortunately for Meshkov, they didn’t begin the second half as well as they finished the first one. Despite good defence, they didn’t do too well in attack and Kielce, mostly thanks to Jurecki, took the lead at 15:14. Within space of five minutes Brest lost Atman and Shylovich for two minutes but they still were able to give Kielce a hard time by good defending, even being shorthanded. Once again the teams trod a fine line and once again it was Brest who did better and took the lead. In the 43. minute Kielce lost Kus for his third 2-minute suspension but it did not disturb Kielce, on the contrary actually – with ten minutes to go, they took 3-goal lead and kept scoring. The hero of Kielce was Jurecki who was excellent especially in the attack. Meshkov used the last moments to reduce the gap of 5 and in the last second they scored for 28:31 which seemed to be the final result but Tobias Reichmann hit the buzzer beater and Kielce are coming back home with 4 goals of advantage.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA martyna usnarska ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: From Montpellier to Zaporozhye Next Story → VIDEO: Flensburg beat the buzzer in Montpellier read more