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Do not touch my land, my water, my house, my activists!
For rural and urban harmony, respect diversity and cultures
The capitalist logic in which cities grow in a predatory way onto the countryside, promotes speculation, mega-projects and land, water and natural resource grabbing, destroying ecosystems which link the two environments. The prevailing discourse views urbanisation as inevitable and the agribusiness industry as the only one which is able to eradicate hunger and poverty.
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This logic makes invisible the fact that the cities are built by the inhabitants and that the peasants men and women are those who fed, feed and will feed the planet. Indeed the major producers will only feed 20% of the world in pursuing aggressive policies that destroy nature and humans.
Faced with this situation, the World Assembly of Inhabitants requires the change of the paradigm model of the neoliberal capitalist system, for the planet and for human beings. In this framework, we demand as an alternative to private ownership, collective ownership and other forms of custom and traditional communal management and the recognition of the social function of more just, humane and sustainable habitat.
We demand the securing of user rights on land and food sovereignty. We claim the values and proposals contained in the right to the city, which are based on forms of participative, direct and community democracy within the framework of living well.
People have already created many alternatives and made proposals, it is necessary to put pressure on and strengthen the links and the solidarity between rural and urban movements to build alliances with national and international resistance.
We stand in solidarity with the struggles of inhabitants and peasants organizations, and demand a halt to the criminalisation of social movements and activists engaged in the struggles for compliance and enforcement of human rights: to land, water, food, housing, the city...
We want laws that refer explicitly to international covenants on human rights, such as the ICESCR, the Right to Food, the ILO Convention 169, to avoid any type of eviction, and that are promoted at national and local levels as in the case of the laws adopted respectively in Venezuela and in Argentina
We support all legal initiatives which affirm this principle, in particular those of popular initiatives, such as the law regulating the giving in payment, blocking evictions and social rent in Spain.
We demand the immediate liberation of all those who are detained for having occupied land and houses and for having resisted evictions.
We support the struggle of all those who are displaced, in particular the Haitian struggle against illegal evictions and forced displacement camps.
We undertake to strengthen the convergence of struggles of inhabitants organizations through the exchange of experiences, sharing of strategies, tools and a common agenda:
Agenda of the inhabitants’ mobilization:
YES to the reproduction of life, NO to the reproduction of profit!
YES to the right to land, to housing and to the city!
Venezuela (Ley de arrendamiento immobiliario 11/11/2012 – a popular initiative law for the regulation and control of property leases approved by the parliament last year) and Mendoza, Argentina (ley no 7684 - modifying the civil code 11th September 2009).
On March 29, 2013 in Tunis, the following networks and organizations sign this commitment:
International Alliance of Inhabitants
Association des Cités du Secours Catholique (ACSC), France
Amandla Centre of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Arquitectos Sin Fronteras
Asociación Civil "Nuestro Hogar", Argentina
Association Réseau Doustourna, Tunisie
Association Science Technologie et Développement, Tunisie
Association Tunisienne des Sciences, Technologies et Développement, Tunisie
Bunge La Mwananchi, Kenya
Centro Operacional de Vivienda y Poblamiento (COPEVI), México
Confederação Nacional das Associações de Moradores (CONAM), Brasil
Cooperativa Chilavert, Argentina
Coophabitat, República Dominicana
Coordinadora de Colonias Unidas, México
CTA, Juventud, Argentina
Dignity International, Netherlands
Doustourna Cellule Tozeur
Doustourna Cellule Tunis Medina
Federación de Villas, Núcleos y Barrios Marginados (FEDEVI), Argentina
Fòs Refleksyon ak Aksyon sou Koze Kay ( FRAKKA ), Haiti
Frente Continental Organizaciones Comunales (FCOC)
Front Commun des SDF
Habitat et Participation ASBL
Habitat Project, Italia
Instituto Pólis, Brasil
Ligue Algérienne des Droits de l'Homme, Algérie
Movimiento en Defensa de la Vivienda Familiar (MO.DE.VI.FA.), Argentina
Muthurwa Residents Welfare Association
National Forum for the Urban Poor (NFUP), India
Sanya Day Laborers' Union, Japan
Kamagasaki Patrol, Japan
ONG Harmonie Planétaire
Organisation des Jeunes Verts (O.J.V), Maroc
Other Worlds, Haiti
Pax Romana-ICMICA, Asia
Plateforme haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (PAPDA), Haití
People's Responsible Organisation of United Dharavi (PROUD), India
Réseau Africain pour le Droit à l'Alimentation (RAPDA/ANORF)
Red Metropolitana de Inquilinos Caracas
Rede Justiça nos Trilhos, Brasil
Réseau Marocain Pour Le logement Décent
Réseau National des Habitants du Cameroun (RNHC), Cameroun
Sembrar Conciencia, Argentina
Shelter for the Poor
SOS expulsion, Algérie
Sur la voie de 96 (Imider), Maroc
Under Tents Campaign
Unión Popular Valle Gómez, A. C., México
Unione Inquilini, Italia
USA Canada Alliance of Inhabitants (USACAI), USA-Canada
Ben Nasr Sarra, Tunisie
Ghassen Chebbi, Tunisie
Khansa Ben Tarjem, Tunisie
Inchirah hababou, Tunisie
Mohamed Habib Sellami, Tunisie
Mike Davies, Interim Convenor - Southern Africa
Rocio Lombera, COPEVI, México
Shelly Brownin, USA
Sofien Asta, Doustourna tunis Medina, Tunisie
Soha Ben Slama, Doustourna Tunis Banlieu Nord, Coordinatrice FSM, Collaboratrice AIH Tunisie
Yves Cabannes,DPU, University College London, United Kingdom