AHRC statements on right to food
Death visited Orissa once again. Whenever the rainy season comes, death from the waterborne diseases of diarrhea and cholera follow. As the rains are a natural phenomenon, can the deaths also be natural and unavoidable? It is reported that the official death toll hit 39 in Rayagada district, 27 in Nuapada district, 10 in Nabarangpur, 5 in Koraput, 4 in Kalahandi and 8 in Malkangiri. About 355 persons were found infected in Rayagada alone. Cholera has reportedly claimed 140 deaths in Rayagada and Kalahandi. All deaths happened in the last two months. The number of deaths, whether or not exact, reflects the seriousness of the situation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s report in 2009, 38% of deaths of children under five die of diarrhoea in South Asia. India accounts for the highest numbers of children dying of diarrhoea – 386,600 annually.
On August 19, it was reported that around 8,500 kilograms of wheat was found rotten in a wagon that was lost in seven months back. The train containing 110,000 kilograms of wheat was then on the way to reach the ration shops (fair price shop) in Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh, a district, which is predominantly occupied by tribes. It is one of the areas in which the AHRC has regularly exposed the seriousness of child malnutrition and discrimination since 2009.
[AHRC Joint Statement] HONG KONG: Transparent and reasonable mechanism for minimum food allowance for foreign domestic workers needed to ensure right to adequate food
INDIA: The National Human Rights Commission of India must conduct an objective and scientific investigation to make a fair conclusion and recommendation
A letter came from the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) postmarked Delhi 14 July 2009 was received by the AHRC. It concerned two complaints regarding children who died of malnutrition in Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh in 2007 (for the full text of the letter, please see here).
[AHRC Forwarded Open Letter] INDIA: Malnutrition death and poor status of child health services in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
[AHRC Forwarded Open Letter] INDIA: The treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) children in Madhya Pradesh – Suggestions for the policy
AHRC Forwarded Press Release] WORLD: "The Global Food Crisis is not over. Our obligations go beyond fixing the financial system," says UN Special Rapporteur
[AHRC Forwarded Press Release] WORLD: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to food recommends principles and measures to discipline "land grabbing"
You claim that although the food crisis we suffered globally in 2008 is only a cyclical phase, the serious structural problems remain. The structural problems affect much more people in developing countries with less bargaining power in front of the powerful G8 countries, and rural and indigenous women among the most marginalised.
[AHRC Forwarded Open Letter] INDIA: An Mutinational Cooperation (MNC)'s GM Corn field trial in the state of Madhya Pradesh
Corn of the American multi national company Monsanto being conducted in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Your respected self might be aware of the serious concerns that many nations and citizens across the world have, with regard to GM technology in our food and farming. Based on a permission letter issued by the Department of Biotechnology’s RCGM on 19th June 2009 (Ltr No.BT/BS/17/44/97-PID) for an open air trial of Monsanto’s transgenic corn hybrid (HiShell and 900M Gold containing MON 89034 event and NK603 event), a Jabalpur institute (National Research Centre for Weed Science) had gone ahead with the planting of this GM corn trial in Jabalpur.
On November 9 2009, a number of human rights activists working on right to food issues in fourteen districts came to Jaipur, Rajasthan in order to discuss the current food insecurity as well as the upcoming enactment of the National Food Security Act.
INDIA: World Food Day and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Do not give food, give the 'right to food'
India is a country moving too slowly to ensure food and health security to malnourished children. The Global Hunger Index 2009 shows that the child malnutrition and child mortality rate in India have not improved even slightly. In the last twenty years, the hunger index of India has decreased only 7.8 points from 31.7 to 23.9. The index of South Asia on average is 23, which is higher than the 22.1 average index for Sub-Saharan Africa. The Government of India has contributed to maintaining the high index along with its neighbor Bangladesh.