UK Poverty - Philip Alston Brings BBC Presenter To Tears
Ignoring the UK poverty report because of its “language” is government at its worst. When minsters only care about messaging, they’ve lost the argument.
Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, did use punchy language – and didn’t hold back – when reporting his findings to journalists last week.
The UK is breaking human rights obligations.
“As a proponent of human rights, and as a representative of the UN human rights system, I think there is no alternative but to include that the obligations in a range of conventions - whether it’s the Convention on the Rights of the Child, whether it’s the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - there are quite a number of provisions which I think are not at all satisfied by existing British policies.”
Read more: https://www.newstatesman.com/p....olitics/economy/2018
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