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State Food Crimes

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  • Date Published: August 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107589964

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  • 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.

    • A comparative case study approach featuring cases from Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East
    • Includes a chapter on the right to food in advanced capitalist democracies, focusing on Aboriginal Canadians
    • Stresses the need for reform in international law to take account of government actions causing starvation and malnutrition
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The general legal framing that connects the issue to human rights is novel and she provides exemplary thinking-out-loud about how to measure culpability.' Stephan Haggard, Peterson Institute for International Economics

    'State Food Crimes is a book of significant erudition that provides a detailed and thoughtful discussion of the most important empirical and legal dimensions of the global effort to prevent and punish state food crimes. The book is clearly intended for an audience who has some familiarity with the international legal system and of the international human rights literature, and would therefore be suitable for professionals and scholars working in the international human rights field and related fields of international relations and international law. The book would also be suitable for college course adoption, perhaps in an upper-division undergraduate or postgraduate class. While not necessarily advancing new insights or claims, it provides an effective introduction to and survey of a topic whose importance and urgency will only increase in years to come.' Eric A. Heinze, H-Diplo

    'The author makes a valuable contribution on the topic by presenting a broader interpretation of what state food crime is, and highlights the centrality of previously understudied aspects relating to food security such as citizenship, mobility and property rights and the right to work for adequate access to food. The volume emphasizes the importance of domestic human rights to ensure food insecurity, but also that an international human rights treaty concerning food could still have an effect in safeguarding citizens from regimes which promote policies that increase the threat of food deprivation.' Ida Rudolfsen, Journal of Peace Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107589964
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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

  • Author

    Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
    Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann held the position of Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University from 2003 to 2016. Since 1993 she has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, which awarded her the John William Dawson Medal for Interdisciplinary Research in 2013. She was named a Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights by the Human Rights Sections of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association, in 2013 and 2006 respectively. Earlier books include Can Globalization Promote Human Rights? (2010), Reparations to Africa (2008), Compassionate Canadians: Civic Leaders Discuss Human Rights (2003) and Human Rights and the Search for Community (1995).

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