The Human Rights to Food, Medicine and Medical Supplies, and Freedom from Arbitrary and Inhumane Detention and Controls in Sri Lanka

26 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2014

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Jordan J. Paust

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: June 11, 2014

Abstract

Are the denial of adequate and available food and the denial of adequate and available medicine and medical supplies violations of human rights law? This essay demonstrates that such denials are not only violations, but are also quite serious violations of basic human rights. Such denials of food or medicine and medical supplies tend to be among the most egregious types of human rights violations, since those who can least afford to suffer tend to be victims. Usually only the poorest of the poor, the displaced, the infirm, the disabled, and children suffer from such calculated or foreseeable inhumanity. The denial of food or medicine and medical supplies can lead to slow, painful, inhumane deaths – not among enemy combatants and official elites, but among the poor, the disadvantaged, and children. It is particularly egregious for any person to use food or medicine and medical supplies as a governmental tactic or political weapon. Also addressed is the impropriety of arbitrary detention and inhumane treatment.

Keywords: arbitrary, armed conflict, civilian, common article 3, Country Reports, dignity, food, Geneva Conventions, Geneva Protocol, human right, ICCPR, ICESCR, inhumane, law of war, medicine, Protocol I, right to food, Sri Lanka, U.N. Charter, war crime

Suggested Citation

Paust, Jordan J., The Human Rights to Food, Medicine and Medical Supplies, and Freedom from Arbitrary and Inhumane Detention and Controls in Sri Lanka (June 11, 2014). 31 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 617 (1998), U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-38, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2448762

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