An International Fact Finding Mission (FFM) under the framework of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN) visited tea plantations in Assam and West Bengal from 27th November 2015 to 4th December 2015 revealed Abuse and violation of the human right to food and nutrition in India tea gardens

 “In March 2016, the preliminary findings of a fact finding mission that was carried out under the umbrella of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN) and visited tea plantations in Assam and West Bengal were presented in a side event of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The mission report was launched, together with the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), on International Workers’ Day, May 1. The findings were also brought to the attention of the respective Special Rapporteurs devoted to the right to food, violence against women, and housing. Given the grave situation of plantantion workers, particularly women workers, the organization ensures further dissemination through several international events. These included a workshop on indigenous peoples RtFN during the World Public Health and Nutrition Association (WPHNA) global congress in Cape Town; the Policies against Hunger Conference and its civil society pre-conference in Berlin; and the annual plenary session of the CFS in Rome. The work of the organization was also devoted to reporting the violations of the right to food and nutrition of children and women, as these groups are often most affected by inefficient policies and lack of policy implementation. On this note, FIAN International presented a written report on the occasion of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) review of Burkina Faso. Based on FIAN’s case documentation in Essakane, the report highlighted violations of women’s and children’s right to food and nutrition in the context of displacement. The organization also contributed to a Day of General Discussion of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with an input on children’s right to food and nutrition, drawing on case examples from India, Burkina Faso and Guatemala.” (Source:FIAN Annual Report)

PAN India was also part of a team of delegation that has joined the International Fact finding mission to Indian tea plantation under the framework of the Global Network on the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN), IUF and FIAN; and published a report titled ‘A life without dignity – the price of your cup of tea: Abuses and violations of human rights in tea plantations in India’. Download the report Here

The objective of the Mission was to investigate the status of the human right to food and nutrition and related rights of tea plantation workers and the role played by the management of tea estates, companies and the government bodies.

For more details, see the links below:

http://www.fian.org/en/library/publication/a_life_without_dignity_the_price_of_your_cup_of_tea/

http://www.fian.org/en/news/article/indian_tea_workers_a_life_without_dignity/

http://www.fian.org/library/publication/abuse_and_violation_of_the_human_right_to_food_and_nutrition_in_india_tea_gardens/