Chapter 4: A critical peasants' rights perspective for human rights and the environment: Leveraging the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
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Over decades rural social movements have articulated a transformative framing for human rights and the environment – a critical peasants’ rights perspective – which aims to overcome fragmentation in approaches, to uncover and tackle root causes, to expose false solutions, and to advance just and sustainable alternatives. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP), adopted in December 2018, emerged from this global movement. Despite limitations of UNDROP, this chapter emphasizes the important contributions it offers for future research, policy, and advocacy agendas at the nexus of human rights and the environment. Our aim is to increase the visibility of the human rights perspectives and claims emerging from the global rural social movements, including those reflected in the relatively new UNDROP, and to foster debate on their theoretical and practical contributions to the field of human rights and the environment.

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