onsdag 5 februari 2014

Congratulations to MST on its 30th Anniversary

Lite kul att Right Livelihood Award från Sverige är först ut att gratulera MST till 30-årsfirandet

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation congratulates Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem Terra (MST) on the occasion of their 30th anniversary.
In 1991, MST received the prize “for winning land for landless families and helping them to farm it sustainably”. MST has successfully advanced the goal of agrarian reform and stood up for the rights of the landless poor in Brazil for these past thirty years. Despite the increasing criminalisation of movements struggling for social justice in Latin America, the members and leaders of the MST continue to persevere in their work, against all odds.

When Cícero Guedes, a MST activist was assassinated on 25 January 2013 – a year ago – the Right Livelihood Award family was able to contribute to the process of bringing those responsible to justice by sending a delegation to Maraba, Pará in April 2013. The delegation expressed solidarity with MST activists in the region, condemned attacks against activists and demanded that Cícero’s murderers be held accountable. Subsequently, at the first Regional Conference of the Latin American Laureates, in July 2013, we were able to link MST representatives with our other Laureates in the region, thereby strengthening MST’s regional network.
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation will continue to support MST in its struggle and wishes all involved in the movement every success in the coming years.

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