Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Land struggle movements gather in 10 years of law classes for land reform settlers

Land struggle movements gather in 10 years of law classes for land reform settlers

4 May 2017

From April 26 to April 29, students from law classes composed of land reform settlers, farmers and peasants organized in land struggle movements gathered at the Samambaia campus of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) to discuss the national political conjuncture, democracy and human rights and the fight against criminalization of social movements. The “Human Rights Meeting against the Criminalization of Social Movements: the struggle for land, water, forests and law”, as the event was called, symbolized the commemoration of 10 years of right-wing classes of the National Program for Education in Agrarian Reform. (Pronera), when the first class joined the Federal University of Goiás (UFG - Campus City of Goiás) in 2007. There are currently five classes of law in progress at UFPR, UFG, UNEB-Salvador, UEFS and UNIFESSPA.

Meeting opening table.

Each stage of the meeting was accompanied by beautiful mystics staged by the students, who underscore the value of the struggle for land and the memory of the fellows, promoting the identity and organicity of those present. Following the opening ceremony attended by professors, representatives of social and university movements, INCRA and other organizations and entities, the prosecutor and UNB professor Eugênio Aragão gave the opening conference. It indicated important lines of understanding of the prevailing judicial policy in the judiciary and MPF: the hegemony of actors identified with conservative guidelines that internally isolate other members who differ from this ideology, the almost exclusive attention to the criminal agenda and the oblivion of attributions and human rights-related competences and the corporatism dynamics of these state careers, the only ones that are satisfied from the salary negotiations with the Executive in the spectrum of civil service.

According to him, these careers have imposed a restriction on public administration fueled by media outcry for operations and news of impact, without due regard for guarantees and social and economic order. The dismantling of sectors of the national industry by these operations has generated massive losses that transcend the accountability of agents, largely affecting working class jobs. In response, he advocates a profound state reform that neutralizes the corporate power of these careers. Instead of negotiating with hundreds of segments of civil service, the federal government would only negotiate with a single national union representing all of them. This is because, in his proposal, the income of civil service would be unified in a matrix with axes based on knowledge and risk, so that wage adjustments would be disputed in terms of change in the values ​​established in that matrix and would apply to all segments.

National and international analysis tables focused on the economic crisis the country is going through and on the behavior of the antagonistic social classes in the face of the need to save their profits and, on the other hand, to resist the onslaught against fundamental, labor and social rights. It is possible to analyze the functioning of large supranational right and left parties throughout Latin America, with the exercise of solidarity between the various right and left governments, regardless of interests that follow a purely national logic. The specific conjuncture of Brazil was analyzed and future scenarios were projected for the resolution of the political crisis from the electoral process, its anticipation or its impediment in 2018, as well as from the dam or not of Lula's candidacy.

Participants of the IPDMS Justice System Observatory workshop.

The Institute for Research on Rights and Social Movements (IPDMS) was a pedagogical support for the meeting and favored the development of thematic workshops related to Gender, Criminalization of Social Movements, Popular Legal Advisory and Justice System Observatory. for Human Rights Defenders, given in partnership by the Maranhense Society of Human Rights and the Committee of Human Rights Defenders. The Justice Forum is part of the coordination of the Justice System Observatory WG and was at the respective workshop, facilitating the debates.

April 28 was marked by a general strike against welfare and labor reforms and the setback in rights led by the Temer government. To this day, those present decided to mobilize to integrate the march that would take place in the capital of Goiás. Big and consistent, the act was marked, in its end, by police violence that seriously victimized the student Mateus Ferreira da Silva.

The event ended with a gratefulness and celebration of the activities that took place. Memories were also distributed and, together with them, the book The Struggle for Land, Water, Forests and Law, with student texts written under the guidance of IPDMS-associated academics and teachers, who was also responsible for publishing and organizing the work.

For the participants, the need to deepen the identity of workers under the banner of struggles for land and social rights and the integration between researchers, activists, workers and jurists for the permanence of Pronera, for the good formation of students, for the production of knowledge referenced in the needs and culture of women and men in the countryside and the defense against the increasing criminalization of social struggle.

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