| 05-09-2016

Furthering the realization of all human rights

Human right defenders and their crucial contribution to building human rights-based societies are the protagonists of the third of the series “The Struggle for the Right to Food and Nutrition”.

Human rights defenders play an essential role in the constant transformation of social, economic and political realities into effective democratic systems where men and women are able to live in dignity.  Defenders can be of any gender, of varying ages, from any part of the world and from all sorts of professional or other backgrounds. In short, anyone who, individually or with others, acts to promote, protect and realize human rights.

Human rights are     indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. The interrelation between those inalienable characteristics of human rights performs as a basis for right to food defenders. The fulfillment of the human right to food and nutrition of the defenders themselves needs to be ensured in all of its different dimensions. Without this, their capability to promote and protect their human rights as well as the rights of their communities is undermined.

Moreover, it also implies that in order for defenders of the right to food to bring their work forward, States should ensure the protection, respect  and implementation of the rest of the internationally recognized civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.  Defenders, however, face numerous challenges. 

Read     Human Rights Defenders. Furthering the Realization of All Human Rights.