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GRC’s Catriona Murdoch to participate at the HRC 43 with the outgoing Special Rapporteur on Right to Food

Date: 04 March 2020
Location: Palais Des Nations Room XXII

GRC is delighted to be participating again at the Human Rights Council 43rd Session on “Conflict-Induced Food Insecurity & Man-Made Starvation: Deploying Human Rights as the First Line of Protection”


Catriona Murdoch will be speaking alongside the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food, Hilal Elver and other experts – Richard Falk (Former Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967); Annemarie Devereux (Legal Advisor Group of Eminent Experts – Yemen); Penny Green (Professor of Law, Queen Mary University) and Olivier de Schutter (Former Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food).


The event is being hosted at an opportune time, with Hilal Elver’s impressive five-year tenure coming to an end and a new Special Rapporteur on Right to Food scheduled to be appointed a day before on 3rd March. Hilal Elver, appointed as the Special Rapporteur since 2014, has taken important advocacy initiatives including country visits and calls for inputs on major challenges to right to food in Zimbabwe, Azerbaijan and Zambia amongst others. During her tenure, she also highlighted various thematic issues through her reports on ‘Conflict and Right to food’, ‘Gender and Right to food’, ‘Access to Justice and Right to food’ and ‘Sustainable Development Goal 2 from a right to food perspective’.


GRC is honoured to have engaged with the Special Rapporteur on issues of right to food and mass starvation in conflict regions since 2018, including a panel event during the 39th session of the Human Rights Council which looked at man-made famines and the deliberate starvation. The Special Rapporteur also features on GRC’s  in a story in focus. GRC have been have been engaged on the issue of starvation since 2017 in partnership with The World Peace Foundation (WPF) under the project titled “Accounting for Mass Starvation: Testing the Limits of the Law” and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As part of the project, GRC have collaborated with the Swiss and Dutch ministry of foreign Affairs for all its outputs such as high-level panel eventspolicy papers, advocacy interviews, and analysis.


For more on Hilal Elver’s work as the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, see and


For more on GRC’s engagement with the Special Rapporteur and it’s starvation work see

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