The Right to Food Beyond De-Mythification: Time to Shed the Inferiority Complex of Socio-Economic Rights

The Right to Food Beyond De-Mythification: Time to Shed the Inferiority Complex

‘What use is a vote if you are starving?’ the Economist asked in 2007 along with, ‘Why not add pressing social and economic concerns to stuffy old political rights such as free speech, free elections and due process of law? … Are not access to jobs, housing, health care and food basic rights too?’ (The Economist, 2007). These are common sense questions which many scholars and practitioners have often invoked in support of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights), including the right to food. Yet, when this question was asked by the magazine, rhetorically, it illustrated the concerns of parts of legal doctrine and their plea addressed to NGOs (chiefly Amnesty International) to contain their advocacy to civil and political rights strictly.

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