Lawyer Luis Lezcano Claude, former minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay, currently member of the technical defense of the peasants convicted in the Curuguaty case, said that the interest of both the Prosecutor and the Tribunal is to preserve private property as an inviolable absolute right, when legally it is not considered this way.
The consequences of the sentence against the Marina Kué peasants “are disastrous” and are based on “proven lies” by members of the Paraguayan judicial system, said Carlos Goncálvez, the person in charge of the alternative communication project Demoinfo.org in an interview with Real World Radio.
20 July | News
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the two senseless killing of African Americans by police in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minn., the deadly attack that killed five police officers in Dallas, and the July 13 anniversary of Black Lives Matter, Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica offers the following statement:
Last July 8, peasant, union, feminist and environmental organizations and movements of all Latin America gathered in Sao Paulo for the World Social Forum on Migration officially launched the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism to take place on November 4, 2016. The idea came up as a proposal of joint struggle during the Hemispheric Meeting in Havana in November 2015, after 10 years of the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
The corrupt Paraguayan judicial system, the de facto powers of landowners and communication media “have made up a story which has resulted in a conviction without investigating absolutely nothing”. The defense attorneys of the peasants were not allowed to summon witnesses and evidence pointing to the State´s role in the events was ignored.
The conviction of eleven Paraguayan peasants to sentences between 4 and 30 years in prison after a criminal process filled with irregularities, recognized by the judicial actors themselves, will mark a turning point in the struggle for land in this South American country, said Diana Rivarola to Real World Radio. Diana is member of Articulación Curuguaty, created in 2012 to join the peasants of Marina Cué charged with the “Curuguaty Massacre”.
“This victory of Uruguay should translate into an urgent call to analyze, review, renegotiate or suspend all bilateral trade and investment protection treaties signed by the country, before we are exposed once again to new lawsuits that could have less positive outcomes that the recent one with Philip Morris”.
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