Unheard Truth Poverty and Human Rights

ISBN-10: 0393337006
ISBN-13: 9780393337006
Edition: 2009
Authors: Irene Khan, Khan
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

A powerful argument by the secretary general of Amnesty International that poverty is not just an economic problem but a global human-rights violation. In our rapidly globalizing age with economic growth occurring in almost every corner of the world, it is easy to forget that more than one billion people still live on less than one dollar a day. Poverty is the worst human-rights crisis in the world today, denying billions of people their most basic rights. In a bracing argument enriched by compelling photographs from across the world, Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan makes the case that poverty remains a global epidemic because we continue to define it as an economic problem whose only solution is foreign aid and investment. Khan calls for a reevaluation of this longstanding assumption and turns us toward confronting poverty as a human-rights violation. Empowering the poor with basic rights of security is our only chance for eradicating poverty and giving freedom and dignity to those who have never experienced it.

Irene Khan, as the first woman and first Asian secretary general of Amnesty International, has brought a strong focus to socioeconomic rights and violence against women around the world. She lives with her husband and daughter in London.

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
The World's worst Human Rights Crisis
Freedom and Its Critics-Why 'Voice' Matters
Freedom From Discrimination-Ending Exclusion
Living In Fear-Securing Rights
Poverty Trapprd
Needless Deaths-The Right to Safe MotherHood
The Global Slum-Winning the Right to the City
Commodities Boom, Rights Bust
Claiming Rights-Legal Empowerment to End Poverty
From Acknowledgement to Action-A Campaign for the Rights of poor People
Endnotes
Index

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