Faculty News: Edelman Addresses UN Human Rights Working Group

Marc Edelman (Prof., Hunter/GC, Anthropology) addressed the UN Human Rights Council’s Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, which held its first session in Geneva July 15–19, 2013. At the request of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Edelman presented a briefing paper on the question of how to define “peasants,” since the first article of most international human rights instruments is used to define the rights holders. The Working Group heard from panelists who included past and present UN special rapporteurs, academic specialists on agrarian studies, and representatives of civil society organizations, including transnational movements of peasants and fisherfolk. Edelman’s paper and other information on the session are available at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RuralAreas/Pages/FirstSession.aspx

Submitted on: JUL 23, 2013

Category: Anthropology, Faculty Activities