Abstract: This article explores how human rights framing by the transnational agrarian movement La Via Campesina (LVC) has evolved over the last 20 years. It discusses how the movement has worked towards institutionalizing new categories of rights, such as the ‘right to food sovereignty’ and the ‘rights of peasants’, thereby contributing to the creation of new human rights standards at the United Nations (UN). It also critically addresses some of the challenges the movement has been confronted with when framing its demands in terms of rights. Its overall argument is that LVC has managed to tap the potential of the rhetoric of rights to find common ground, thanks to its innovative use of non-codified rights. This has enabled activists to ‘localize’ human rights and make them meaningful to their various contexts. However, it contends that further advancing the movement's goals will require serious consideration of some of the key limits of the human rights framework.
- food sovereignty
- human rights
- La Via Campesina
- peasant movements
- peasants' rights
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
- Sociology and Political Science
- Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
- Public Administration
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- Research Institute for Sustainability, Equity and Resilience - CAWR Senior Research Fellow