No access to food a big human rights violation: SEARCH


KARACHI: On the occasion of World Human Rights Day, international organizations, civil society and media should adopt a positive approach and assist Pakistan government to end many human rights violations in the country like lack of access to food, water and safe living.

“Human rights violations in Pakistan has touched an alarming levels as 48.6 percent of its population is food insecure. ” No access to food is also big human rights violation. “Food insecurity is also on the rise in rural Sindh as according to National Nutrition Survey, Sindh appeared as the poorest and food deprived province of Pakistan where 72 percent of the sample households were found to be food insecure. They included 21.1 percent without hunger, 33.8 percent with moderate hunger and 16.8 percent with severe hunger,” said Waheed Jamali, Executive Director, Society for Environmental Actions, Reconstruction and Humanitarian response (SEARCH) Pakistan while talking to PPI on Wednesday.

He said: “Ninety percent of country population has no complete access to use better roads, forests, mountains, standard schools, well-structured transport, clean drinking water and other basic facilities of life in Pakistan, while 10 percent people who are influential have full control and access to such facilities which shows deteriorating rate of human violations in Pakistan.”

He said: “FATA has the highest percentage of food insecure population at 67.7 percent, followed by Balochistan 61.2 percent and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 56.2 percent. “Balochistan has the highest number of districts with worst food insecurity. The 20 districts of Pakistan with worst conditions for food security include 10 districts from Balochistan, 5 from FATA; 3 from KPK; and 1 from Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Sindh each,” he added.

Jamali said that according to Universe Declaration of Human Rights, the food is the basic right of human being and no one could deny it. He said: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. There is need to implement human rights in Pakistan in real manner,” Jamali concluded.

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