UPDATE (Indonesia): The villagers living in famine-affected areas in 2009 have still not received adequate food and medical aid

UPDATE (Indonesia): The villagers living in famine-affected areas in 2009 have still not received adequate food and medical aid

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the affected villages where 113 people died of starvation with associated illnesses in 2009. The AHRC has reported in AHRC-HAC-006-2009 on 16 September 2009 asking for immediate action for the affected seven districts in order to ensure their right to food, the lack of which threatens their right to life every year. Despite of government promises, only some of those areas have received food assistance whereas other areas have yet to receive anything at all. Above all, basic infrastructure and agricultural system have not been improved which is the most primary element to guarantee food security in Papua. The AHRC is deeply concerned that failure of harvest will contribute to continuous hunger in the affected areas. Read more about UPDATE (Indonesia): The villagers living in famine-affected areas in 2009 have still not received adequate food and medical aid

INDIA: Extreme starvation claims five lives of a tribal family in Orissa

INDIA: Extreme starvation claims five lives of a tribal family in Orissa

The Asia Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that extreme poverty and long-term starvation lead to the death of five members including two children under age of six of the same family of a tribal community from September to December 2009. It is also reported that within the last two years starvation claimed the lives of 50 among the 35-40 age group in the same village. It has been exposed that all forms of government programmes aiming to ensure food security for the poor and children have not reached Borumal village properly. Even after several complaints from the villagers, the administration authority has never taken action to respect the right to food of the villagers by implementing those schemes. The Right to Food Campaign Orissa filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for the case and the AHRC strongly urges the relevant authorities to take immediate action for the villagers who have been denied of their right to food. Read more about INDIA: Extreme starvation claims five lives of a tribal family in Orissa