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Right to food: standards, mechanisms and resources

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Title: Permanent People’s Tribunal on the Right to Food and the Rule of Law in Asia English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: April 2003
Description/subject: "Which is more important: a full stomach or equal protection under the law? Most people would hesitate to answer. It’s a false choice that ignores the interdependence of economic and civil rights, which proposes that the hungry will be nourished by law and order, while the well-fed are fortified against dysfunctional courts. This May 2003, the Asian Legal Resource Centre announced the launch of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on the Right to Food and the Rule of Law in Asia. The Tribunal comes at a time when many governments still assert that economic and social rights can be addressed separately from civil and political rights. In fact, no rights are guaranteed without effective laws to secure them and ensure redress for victims. Without equitable and enforceable laws, the product of a farmer’s plough is no more secure than the product of a journalist’s pen... Read more..." This page also contains specific reports on violations of the right to food in Burma.
Language: English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre
Format/size: html, pdf (672K)
Alternate URLs: http://burma.ahrchk.net/1996-2000tribunal/burmese/index.htm
http://burma.ahrchk.net/1996-2000tribunal/report/index.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Description/subject: Reports, resolutions etc.
Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/food/index.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Individual Documents

Title: The right to food in situations of armed conflict: The legal framework
Date of publication: 31 December 2001
Description/subject: [For Burma, the most relevant section is that dealing with non-international armed conflict]. "War is one of the primary obstacles to realization of the right of all people to have adequate food. This article examines the relevant provisions, belonging to human rights law or international humanitarian law, of the various international law treaties The author concludes that the body of rules codified by the instruments of international humanitarian law in force today are sufficient to ensure adequate food for persons affected by armed conflict. Unlike the human rights treaties, the humanitarian law conventions do not create subjective rights for the persons concerned, but binding obligations for States."...Résumé de l'article: "La guerre est l’un des obstacles majeurs à la réalisation du droit de chacun à une alimentation adéquate. Cet article examine les dispositions pertinentes des différents traités de droit international, qu’elles appartiennent au droit des droits de l’homme ou au droit international humanitaire. L’auteur conclut que les instruments de droit international humanitaire en vigueur ont codifié un corps de règles suffisant pour assurer une alimentation adéquate aux personnes touchées par un conflit armé. Contrairement aux traités relatifs aux droits de l’homme, les conventions de droit humanitaire ne créent pas des droits subjectifs pour les personnes concernées, mais des obli-gations qui lient les États."
Author/creator: Jelena Pejic
Language: English
Source/publisher: ICRC: International Review of the Red Cross No. 844, p. 1097-1110.
Format/size: PDF (86K) Full text
Alternate URLs: http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/misc/57jrlg.htm
Date of entry/update: 29 November 2010


Title: Commission on Human Rights Resolution E/CN.4/Res/2000/10
Date of publication: 17 April 2000
Description/subject: Establishing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food
Language: English
Alternate URLs: http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/TestFrame/9dabffd5aa972cc2802568ce00570a46?Opendocument
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: General Comment on Implementation of the Right to Food
Date of publication: 14 May 1999
Description/subject: GENERAL COMMENT 12: The right to adequate food...Introduction and basic premises: "1. The human right to adequate food is recognized in several instruments under international law. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights deals more comprehensively than any other instrument with this right. Pursuant to article 11.1 of the Covenant, States parties recognize "the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions", while pursuant to article 11.2 they recognize that more immediate and urgent steps may be needed to ensure "the fundamental right to freedom from hunger and malnutrition". The human right to adequate food is of crucial importance for the enjoyment of all rights..."
Language: English (also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish)
Source/publisher: United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Right to Food: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Date of publication: 03 January 1976
Description/subject: See especially Article 11... Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966 entry into force 3 January 1976, in accordance with article 27
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cescr.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Burmese)
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See especially Article 25
Language: Burmese/ မြန်မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (39K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Pwo-Karen)
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See Article 25
Language: Pwo-Karen
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (82K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights - English
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See Article 25
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (116K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Falam (Chin)
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See Article 25
Language: Falam (Chin)
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (30K)
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2009


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Hakha (Chin)
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See Article 25
Language: Hakha (Chin)
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (32K)
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2009


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights - S'gaw-Karen
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See Article 25
Language: S'gaw-Karen
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (91K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Shan
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See Article 25
Language: Shan
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (61K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Thai
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See Article 25
Language: Thai
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (658K)
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2009


Title: Right to Food: Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Tiddim (Chin)
Date of publication: 10 December 1948
Description/subject: See Article 25
Language: Tiddim (Chin)
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (31K)
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2009