South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

An International Fact Finding Mission is visiting and tea plantations in Assam and West Bengal from November 27 to December 4.

With 18 members from 9 countries, the purpose of the Mission is to understand the status of the human right to food and nutrition – and related rights – of tea plantation workers and to hold central and state governments accountable to their national and international human rights obligations.

The mission team has visited tea gardens in Dooars, Darjeeling and Assam and has had discussions with both tea workers and their unions. It is also meeting concerned officials in Assam and West Bengal such as Amit Mitra, Minister of Industries, Moloy Ghatka, Minister of Labour, the Secretary General of the Indian Tea Association, the management of tea companies, such as Tata, Apeejay.

This is the first Fact Finding Mission to be dispatched under the facilitation of the Global Network on the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN), a network composed of social movements and civil society organisations worldwide to support and give visibility to the struggles for these human rights.

This Fact Finding Mission (FFM) is headed by the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF), who is a member of the GNRtFN. Other participating organisations are FIAN International, Pesticide Action Network, Right to Food Campaign (Nepal), Right to Food and Social Security Campaign (Bangladesh) and the Right To Food Campaign (India). The team consists of activists, experts and trade union leaders from Brazil, Peru, Germany, United Kingdom, Moldova, Spain, Bangladesh, Nepal and India.

The Fact Finding Mission will also contribute to current international processes and dialogues relevant for the human right to adequate food and nutrition.

Updated On:  Dec 1, 2015