Right to Food an Instance to Human Rights Essay

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DEPARTMENT OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF KERALA
UGC SPONSORED
NATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR ON
REALISATION OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS

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RIGHT TO FOOD: AN INSTANCE OF
HUMAN RITHS

Submitted by
Sajisivan.s
3rd Semester LLm
Department of Law
Kariyavattom campus

RIGHT TO FOOD: AN INSTANCE OF HUMAN RITHS

The human right to food has its contemporary origin within the U.N. Universal Human Rights framework. Ensuring the right to adequate food and consequently the right to be free form hunger is specifically enshrined in a number of Human Rights instruments. It is obvious that without adequate food people cannot lead a health, active lives. They are not employable. They cannot take care of their children and thus
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However, as major international efforts--if major international effort is not an oxymoron--they can facilitate the human right to food.

Right to Food-International Perspective

Besides UDHR and ICESCR, in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989 Articles 24 and 27 address the issue of nutrition. Article 24 says that “State parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health” and shall make appropriate measures “to combat disease and malnutrition, though the provisions of adequate nutritious food, clean drinking water”. Article 24 also reminds the State parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure that all segments of society, in particular parents and children, are informed, have access to health and nutrition and the advantage of breast-feeding. Article 27 says, “State parties shall in case of need provide material assistance and support programmes, particularly with regard to nutrition, clothing and housing[5].

The human right to food and nutrition has been reaffirmed at the international level in many different setting. The most important among them is the World Summit held in Rome in 1996. In the summit’s plan of action, objective 7.4 called upon the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights in consultation with relevant treaty

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