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Kuala Lumpur Guidelines for a Human Rights Approach to Economic Policy in Agriculture


Universal human rights can provide a framework to direct the design, implementation and monitoring of economic policies. The Kuala Lumpur Guidelines provide basic information for anyone concerned with ensuring the centrality of human rights for people affected by trade, investment and finance rules as well as economic policies related to agriculture. This document outlines a three-part approach; Guiding Principles for a Human Rights Approach to Economic Law and Policy, Human Rights Actors, Issues and Threats in Agriculture, and Human Rights Obligations and Economic Policy Tools in Agriculture. The Guidelines conclude by asserting that States have a shared responsibility to implement human rights-centered economic policies in agriculture which transcend national borders.


December 2010

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