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The right to food in situations of armed conflict: the legal framework

31-12-2001 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 844, by Jelena Pejic


Jelena Pejic
is Legal Advisor at the ICRC ’s Legal Division. 

War is one of the primary obstacles to realization of the right of all people to have adequate food. This article examines the relevant provisions, belonging to human rights law or international humanitarian law, of the various international law treaties The author concludes that the body of rules codified by the instruments of international humanitarian law in force today are sufficient to ensure adequate food for persons affected by armed conflict. Unlike the human rights treaties, the humanitarian law conventions do not create subjective rights for the persons concerned, but binding obligations for States.  

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