Some states deny their own citizens one of the most fundamental human rights: the right to food. Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, a leading scholar of human rights, discusses state food crimes, demonstrating how governments have introduced policies that cause malnutrition or starvation among their citizens and others for whom they are responsible. The book introduces the right to food and discusses historical cases (communist famines in Ukraine, China and Cambodia, and neglect of starvation by democratic states in Ireland, Germany and Canada). It then moves to a detailed discussion of four contemporary cases: starvation in North Korea, and malnutrition in Zimbabwe, Venezuela, and the West Bank and Gaza. These cases are then used to analyse international human rights law, sanctions and food aid, and civil and political rights as they pertain to the right to food. The book concludes by considering the need for a new international treaty on the right to food.
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction and Background: 1. State food crimes; 2. Communist famines; 3. Democracies and famines; Part II. Contemporary Case Studies: 4. North Korea; 5. Zimbabwe; 6. Venezuela; 7. The West Bank and Gaza; Part III. Implications for the International Human Right to Food: 8. International law and the right to food; 9. Sticks and carrots: sanctions and food aid; 10. Interdependent human rights; 11. Liberal democracies and the right to food; 12. A new international treaty on the right to food; References.