Is starving people to win a war a crime? Most international humanitarian law scholars say yes. And the International Criminal Court added starvation as a war crime to their statute in December 2019.
She’s pointed out how food insecurity, malnutrition and disease are often factors already in play when a country is at war, let alone climate and resource issues. Finding the evidence to link individuals to a decision to deprive civilians from food will most likely depend on evidence of blockades (think Yemen), sieges of humanitarian workers (think South Sudan), cutting off relief supplies (think Syria), she says.
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