International organisations and individuals from more than 25 countries, extending their solidarity to the ongoing farmers’ agitation, have called it “a beacon of hope to the millions of Indians who have been ridden over roughshod by the current government”, said India’s premier civil society network, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), distributing a statement by tens of groups from across the world. 


The statement, signed by 56 people’s organisations, civil society groups, social movements and concerned individuals, said, they consider the enactment of the three farm laws as “subversion of democratic norms”. Calling the three laws “pro-corporate” against “farmers, workers and toiling masses”, the signatories urged the Government of India (GoI) to talk to farmers and repeal the three laws immediately.

The statement comes close on the heel of the wide global coverage of the agitation in international media and demonstrations organized in several European and North American cities by Indian diaspora and others, as also questions raised in the British Parliament on the way the farmers’ protests have been treated by the GoI.

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We stand in solidarity with the ongoing historic farmers protest in India and extend support to their demands. On June 5, 2020, amidst the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of India hastily passed three ordinances namely Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
By September 2020, these ordinances were made into law without sufficient parliamentary discussion or any talks with the farmer’s representative and its possible ramifications on their lives.
It is worrying to see the subversion of democratic norms and enactment of pro-corporate laws against farmers, workers and toiling masses. India already witnessed a huge humanitarian crisis in wake of the strict lockdown and millions of migrant workers, small and marginal farmers were left to fend for themselves, as the institutional mechanisms were not set in place to safeguard them.
There is an unfolding economic crisis but rather than taking steps to help people, another set of anti-people laws have been passed further affecting millions of people again
The farms bills are going to affect not only the farmers of India but also the agricultural workers, small traders, and common people and promote large scale corporate control of the farming sector impacting the food security and sovereignty.
Farmers and workers have been protesting these laws since its inception and then passage in the Parliament. With the demand to repeal these three farm laws, Thousands of farmers from across India started their march towards Delhi on November 25, 2020. They were stopped at the State borders, brutally lathi charged, and faced tear gas shells and water cannons on the way.
They are camping for two weeks now at the borders of Delhi and were joined by trade unions, small traders associations, feminist organisations and others in their call for all India strike on December 8th. Support from different parts of the world has been pouring in too and farmers protest have also stood with the political prisoners in India, broadening the ambit of the struggle for social justice.


We urge the Government of India to talk to farmers and repeal these anti farmer laws. We stand in solidarity with the farmers and agrarian workers in their strike for justice, freedom and sovereignty.

. Aid/Watch, Australia

  1. Asia Europe People’s Forum, Asia-Europe
  2. ATTAC France
  3. Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
  4. CEDETIM (Centre d’études et d’initiatives pour la solidarité internationale) France la Solidarité
    Internationale), France
  5. Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo SJ” (CSMM),
    Ecuador
  6. CERAS (Centre sur l’asie du sud/South Asia Centre), Canada
  7. City University of New York, USA
  8. CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network), Bangladesh
  9. Emmaus, Sweden
  10. EU Liberal Indians, Netherlands
  11. Federación de Villas, Núcleos y Barrios Marginados, Argentina
  12. FIAN Suisse, Switzerland
  13. Food Security Network- Khani, Bangladesh
  14. Friends of india, Texas, USA
  15. Global Diaspora Alliance, UK
  16. Global Sisterhood Network, Australia
  17. Haki Nawiri Afrika, Kenya
  18. India Solidarity Germany, Germany
  19. Indian Alliance Paris, France
  20. Indian Solidarity Finland, Finland
  21. International Alliance of Inhabitants, Zimbabwe
  22. International Human Rights Council- IHRC, Hong Kong
  23. International Peace Research Association, USA
  24. International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India (InSAF India), Indian diaspora across
    continents
  25. Intersindical Valenciana, País Valencià
  26. Junta Cívica Paraje El Pinar (Fuente Clara), Colombia
  27. Katajamaeki Ecocommunity, Finland
  28. Kilusan para sa Repormang Agraryo at Katarungang Panlipunan (KATARUNGAN), Philippines
  29. Kowloon Union Church, Hong Kong
  30. National Family Farm Coalition, USA
  31. National Fisheries Solidarity, Sri Lanka
  32. New Zealanders United to Save the Indian Constitution, New Zealand
  33. Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Pakistan
  34. Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee, Pakistan
  35. Progressive India Collective, USA
  36. Rob Dreaming, UK
  37. Scottish Indians for justice, United Kingdom
  38. SeedChange, Canada
  39. Students Against Hindutva Ideology, United States of America
  40. Svalorna, Sweden
  41. Tampadipa Institute, Myanmar
  42. The Humanism Project, Australia
  43. The Liberal indians – France
  44. The London Story, Netherlands
  45. The Oakland Institute, USA
  46. The Swallows India Bangladesh, Sweden
  47. Transnational Institute, Netherlands
  48. Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador
  49. Universidad y Compromiso Social de Sevilla, Sweden
  50. Voices Against Fascism in India, United States
  51. WomanHealth Philippines
  52. Women and Haelth Together for Future, South Africa
  53. All India Union of Forest Working People, India
  54. Indigenous Women India Network
  55. People’s Responsible Organization of United Dharavi(PROUD), India
    Individuals
  56. Asad Rauf, Netherlands
  57. Bruce Van Voorhis, United States
  58. C Jhonston, PhD Candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada
  59. Caitilin McMillan, USA
  60. Cecelia Heffron, United States
  61. Cesare Ottolini – Global Coordinator, International Alliance of Inhabitants
  62. Chandana Vasanth, Germany
  63. Dr P A Azeez, India
  64. Dr. Christophe Golay, Switzerland
  65. Elizabeth Gilarowski, Canada
  66. Emilio Mentasti, Italy
  67. Haroon, Australia
  68. Helena Paul, UK
  69. Hiranmay Dhar, India
  70. Judy Rebick, Canada
  71. Karin Gabbert, Germany
  72. Mabrouka M’Barek, Tunisia
  73. Mara Bonacci,australia
  74. Marco Bruni, Italia
  75. Matti Korhonen, Finland
  76. Natalie Lowrey, Australia
  77. Nick Buxton, United States
  78. Olli Tammilehto, Finland
  79. Patrick Bond, South Africa
  80. Phyllis Wong, Hong Kong
  81. Rudy Turnstone, USA
  82. Sadhu Binning, Canada
  83. Tessa Burrington, England
  84. Virginia Vargas Valente, Peru

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