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11 Jun 2009 description

Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Large-scale land acquisitions and leases: a set of core principles and measures to address human rights challenge

Large-scale acquisitions and leases are one of the key new trends that emerged out of the 2008 global food crisis. Some major food importing capital exporting countries have indeed lost confidence in global markets as a stable and reliable source of food for their national food security. The Special Rapporteur analyses how these investments could have impacts on the right to food.

01 Mar 2008 description

Twelve actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in February 2008, and four improved, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch, released today.

The situation deteriorated in Armenia, where - as CrisisWatch went to press - a violent crackdown sought to suppress eleven days of protests after presidential elections that the opposition claimed were rigged.