Feature Stories


Venezuela: Impunity amid dismal human rights situation
Venezuela: Impunity amid dismal human rights situation
UN report details Venezuelan authorities’ failure to hold accountable perpetrators of serious human rights violations and the grave impact of the economic and social crisis on the rights to food and health.
22 June 2018
Plight of civilians in Eastern Ghouta "an outrage" – Zeid
Plight of civilians in Eastern Ghouta "an outrage" – Zeid
The plight of people besieged in Eastern Ghouta is an outrage, Zeid says, as he reminds all parties to the conflict that they must allow the free and regular passage of food and other humanitarian relief into the area.
27 October 2017
Two years of war, 13,000 civilian casualties in Yemen
Two years of war, 13,000 civilian casualties in Yemen
The violent deaths of refugees fleeing yet another war, of fishermen, of families in marketplaces, millions of people desperate for their basic rights to food, water, health and security - this is what the conflict in Yemen looks like two years after it began.
24 March 2017
Local and small-scale farming: a solution to hunger and malnutrition
Local and small-scale farming: a solution to hunger and malnutrition
Over the past fifty years, there has been significant progress in boosting agricultural production, however this has hardly reduced the number of people whose right to food remains unrealized and who suffer from hunger and malnutrition, states a recent report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter.
15 April 2014
Discrimination faced by rural women impacts negatively food security
Discrimination faced by rural women impacts negatively food security
The UN independent expert on the right to food deplores the negative impact of discrimination faced by rural women on food security, in his new report to the Human Rights Council.
12 March 2013
Land, fisheries and forests – the first global agreement on tenure guidelines
Land, fisheries and forests – the first global agreement on tenure guidelines
A major advance in global efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty – global agreement reached on voluntary guidelines for the tenure of land, fisheries and forests.
25 June 2012
Protecting the right to food: Lessons from Eastern and Southern Africa
Protecting the right to food: Lessons from Eastern and Southern Africa
“Political will, civil society participation and empowerment, and the establishment of monitoring mechanisms are key elements of any strategy against hunger,” says Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food.
27 April 2012
Right to food: the impacts of bad diets
Right to food: the impacts of bad diets
In his new report to the UN Human Rights Council, Olivier De Schutter, the UN independent expert on the right to food, addresses the links between health and malnutrition.
28 March 2012
The crisis in the Horn of Africa: a human rights perspective
The crisis in the Horn of Africa: a human rights perspective
The severe drought in the Horn of Africa has become an unprecedented human rights crisis, devastating the lives of millions.
26 October 2011
High Commissioner: Put people first when tackling the global food crisis
High Commissioner: Put people first when tackling the global food crisis
We need to put people first in order to help realize their rights and tackle the root causes of the global food crisis, High Commissioner for Human Right Navi Pillay told a Human Rights Council panel on the right to food.
10 March 2009
Right to food in Timor-Leste
Right to food in Timor-Leste
In Timor-Leste, hunger is a daily reality for many people. OHCHR works in monitoring and advocating their right to adequate food.
15 January 2009