Right to food

PHILIPPINES: Starvation and hunger threaten hundreds of displaced villagers following intense fighting in Maguindanao, Mindanao

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Mindanao People’s Caucus (MPC), a coalition of human rights groups in Mindanao, regarding the threat of starvation and hunger to hundreds of villagers displaced by renewed fighting between soldiers and bandits in Guindulungan, Maguindanao province, Mindanao. The villagers were not able to […]

INDIA: Family struggles to provide for their livelihood as government continues to destroy homes in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed of the current situation of one adivasi (indigenous) family living in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Forty year-old Ramesh Lakshman Sonawne, who is landless, settled in the Rustapur village over 20 years ago. In recent years he and his family have been struggling to […]

UPDATE (Saudi Arabia/Sri Lanka): Amnesty International appeals Saudi king to commute death sentences of the three Sri Lankan men

[RE: UP-43-2005: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Questions remain in Sri Lanka’s willingness to save three of its citizens; UP-39-2005: Three Sri Lankans face imminent execution in Saudi Arabia; UP-38-2005: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Please send a letter to the King of Saudi Arabia urging his intervention to commute the death sentence of three Sri Lankans; UP-34-2005: Death […]

UPDATE (India): No compensation to family of adivasi, murdered by forest official, despite a four year wait

[Re: UA- 50 -2005: INDIA: Three and a half year wait for justice for the brutal murder of an Adivasi (tribal person) by a forest official in Gujarat] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information on the case of Manishbhai Motibhai Vasava (30), an adivasi who was murdered by an Indian […]

PHILIPPINES: Starvation in all parts of Philippines requires immediate government action

Farmers in parts of Mindanao, southern Philippines, have for the last three years suffered terrible crop losses due to drought and rats. Deep poverty, severe hunger and starvation have followed. Although there are many avenues available for the authorities to intervene and assist the farmers, it was not until this year that they began to […]

INDIA: Local government ignores starving mother and her three hungry daughters in Uttar-Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received new information from the Social Development Foundation (SDF) in Delhi on a case involving the hunger and malnutrition plaguing one family in Sonebhadra, Uttar-Pradesh. Despite repeated pleas for food assistance from local authorities, the mother and young children continue to live with extreme hunger. The […]

INDIA: Tea plantation workers and their families suffer night blindness due to malnutrition in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Masum about the case of at least 250 tea garden labourers in Raimatang, Jalpaiguri district, who are suffering from night blindness due to a deficiency of vitamin A caused by malnutrition. According to the information received, the management of the tea garden is […]

PHILIPPINES: Starving families of tenant farmers in Pigcawayan, Cotabato need government attention

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that some families of tenant farmers in Pigcawayan, Cotabato, Mindanao, have experienced starvation following a severe drought that destroyed their farm crops. The families are dependent on their farm produce for their food, livelihood and basic needs. After the drought they are now having […]

INDIA: Entire village community neglected and facing starvation in West Bengal

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received new information from Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (Masum) regarding the appalling starvation situation in the South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal. The entire community, mainly made up of villagers belonging to the Munda indigenous group, has been facing hunger for many months. Many are on the […]

HUNGER ALERT (India): Three members of one family starve to death in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received new information from the People’s Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR) in Uttar Pradesh concerning three starvation deaths in one family during April and May 2005. The surviving members are also facing imminent death due to starvation. The AHRC urges you to write to the […]

UPDATE (India): Food provided through government assistance only fit for pigs in West Bengal

[Re: HU-04-2005: INDIA: UNICEF still avoiding responsibility in providing assistance to starving women and children in West Bengal; HU-02-2005: 5 year-old girl, evicted from her home by government authorities, dies of starvation in West Bengal; HU-01-2005: Total negligence by local authorities regarding the eviction of approximately 7,000 Untouchables in Bellilious Park; HA-06-2004: Indian Red Cross […]

INDIA: Man dies of adverse medicine reaction due to lack of food in Kushinagar

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received new information concerning a man who died from an adverse reaction due to taking medicine on an empty stomach. Mr. Tilangi Mushhar, working in Kushinagar district as a daily brick kiln worker, died on March 11, 2005. He had not eaten any food on the […]

INDIA: Municipal employees starving and sick in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Social Development Foundation (SDF) in Delhi, India of a disturbing case where the government is playing a vital role in creating poverty and hunger. Suddhu Rawat, his wife, and children are just one of several families living in Ghazipur and employed by […]

INDIA: Adivasi community unable to grow food, asserts their right to land in Maharashtra

Update on Urgent Appeals: UA-35-2003: Two hundred Adivasis made homeless over land rights; UP-32-2003: Enquiry into the shooting of Adivasis in 2001; UP-34-2003: Landless people stand firm against continuing government attacks; UP-40-2003: Hunger strike of Adivasis calling for right to land and UP-13-2004: Please send a letter to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra calling for right to land for Adivasi […]

INDIA: 5 year-old girl, evicted from her home by government authorities, dies of starvation in West Bengal

[Re: HU-01-2005: INDIA: Total negligence by local authorities regarding the eviction of approximately 7,000 Untouchables in Bellilious Park; HA-06-2004: INDIA: Indian Red Cross ignores starvation of Kolkata evictees; UP-03-2004: An AHRC letter to the president of the India regarding eviction of Untouchables; UP-54-2003: 3 year old eviction victim died due to starvation in West Bengal, […]

INDIA: Suicide of two young girls who could face hunger and malnutrition no more

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) regarding the suicides of two young girls who had suffered extreme hunger and malnutrition for a prolonged time and could do so no more. Sundari Sardar and and Phulan Sardar, from the state of West Bengal, committed suicide after […]

INDIA: Fire destroys homes and the lives of many families

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding a horrific fire that?ripped through the Koilasava village in Kushinagar, Uttar-Pradesh, leaving 40 Mushhar families with nothing but the clothes that they wear and damage to the huts and contents of many other village families. Despite the severity of the fire and the […]

INDIA: Starvation deaths occurring in Murshidabad district, West Bengal

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (Masum) in West Bengal, India, that people in Murshidabad district are dying of starvation while the government authorities have not taken any effective action to stop the deaths. One five-year-old boy is reported to have been eating dirt before he […]

UPDATE (Burma): Photographs of destroyed houses and internally displaced persons in Papun Township, Karen state

[Re: HA-08-2004: BURMA: Several thousand villagers fled from army attacks in Papun Township, Karen state on 29 December 2004] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has recently received photos that show damage to houses and crops, and internally displaced persons hiding due to the Burma army’s ongoing attacks in Papun Township, Karen State, […]

BURMA: Several thousand villagers fled from army attacks in Papun Township, Karen state

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned by the brutal actions of the Burma army, which has burnt an inordinate amount of rice in the Karen state, and caused thousands of villagers to flee their homes. The attacks have been ongoing since 14 November 2004, and are merely the latest in […]