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Advocacy & Lobby

Through lobby work FIAN India tries to initiate dialogues with decision makers to gain influence on their decisions which shape the status of right to food of certain individuals or communities in the country. In fact it is way to address government or state authorities responsible for a violation of the right to feed oneself. Direct lobbying is targeted directly at governmental and sometimes at nongovernmental actors involved in a violation of Human Rights concerning the FIAN mandate. Indirect lobbying on the other hand tries to influence authorities, whose responsibility is rather remote, but who could exert an influence on the targets of direct lobbying. The decision maker gets fully aware of the situation through lobbying. The violation of the specific legal instruments or law is referred in case of lobbying. Reasonable and feasible demands towards the implementation of the right to food are placed with respect and politeness. To see the different lobby works of FIAN chapters in India please visit the respective pages.


Protest Letters:

Protest letter campaigns are the heart of FIAN's intervention work. FIAN Chapters in India collect information concerning violations of right to food of any individual or communities, with the help of local support groups of victims. FIAN activists at chapter-level inquire into the details of the case. When the full picture of the violation of the right to food has emerged, information is sent to FIAN International with a request for suitable intervention. FIAN International launches a protest letter campaign and sends out the same to all the chapters and worldwide network of FIAN members, supporting individuals, partner organizations and solidarity networks. Supporters then send out the signed letters to the responsible State Authorities in which they are asked to end the violation for which they bear responsibility. Protest letter campaigns are more than mere notes of solidarity. They end or forestall Human Rights violations. They add momentum to the struggle of common people against powerful interests and have often tipped the scale in favour of a just solution.

Visit INTERVENTION ARCHIVE to find the protest letter campaigns related to India

Chapter-Level Research Visits and Fact Finding Missions:

A Fact Finding Mission is a visit of a FIAN Chapter to a situation of conflict about alleged violations of the Human Right to adequate food. International Fact Finding Missions need clearance from the IEC. However, chapters of FIAN India also organize local Fact Finding Visits which could be termed as Research Visits. Objectives of these visits are to empower the struggle of the victims, fighting against violations of right to food. The FFM team investigates and verifies the violations of the right to feed oneself at grassroots. The team confronts the state authorities responsible for those actions and also meets local influential persons/leaders to get a non partial overview of the situation. The ultimate aim of the visits is to support the affected groups whose Human Right to adequate food is violated or threatened through the presence and the publication of the findings and results of the FFM.

Visit INTERVENTION ARCHIVE to find the FFM related to India