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The Human Rights Implications of Food Crisis

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The Human Rights Implications of Food Crisis

    Law, 07031071, Yue Luo     Law, 07031047, Caiyun Liang
                 
  【Abstract】When food crisis becomes a serious problem to the whole world, its various effects have appeared and spread quickly in different fields. Food crisis greatly impacts on certain human rights. From a perspective of humanism, many international organizations have taken measures to help the suffered countries to get through the hardship. With the development of theory, it is widely accepted that “Human Rights” should be shared universally and every country has obligations to protect citizens’ human rights.
  【Key Words】Human rights; food crisis; humanitarian assistance

    I. Introduction
  Recently, a “silent tsunami”—food crisis[1] is coming unexpectedly. Food crisis is increasingly identified as one of the major crises in the international community in the 21st century. With the climate change and the rapid growth in biofuel production, food crisis has been expanding its great impacts all over the world. Though food crisis has already been considered as an economic problem, the society and human rights implications of food crisis are still need more attention. Yet, food crisis is threatening the public health, peace, livelihoods and innumerous lives in affected countries. Obviously, the crisis threatens the human rights of the suffered communities.
  This paper aims to address this problem and explores related issues on food crisis and human rights. Part II and III provide a snapshot of the problem of food crisis and give a case to show the influence of food crisis. Part Ⅳoutlines the human rights that food crisis potentially implicates on human rights. Part Ⅴshows our understandings of human rights. Part Ⅵ links humanitarian assistance to international human rights protection in food crisis. The last part provides a review and conclusion of the article.

    ⅡFraming the problem in Human rights
  On 27 May, 2008, in...

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