Extreme poverty is a violation of Human Rights. Fighting poverty means fighting for Human Rights, which are indivisible.
“Poor people are denied dignity and choice. Their words are misinterpreted and used against them. To complain is seen as non-cooperation, to protest as aggression, to explain as making excuses” M.R, who has a lived experience of extreme poverty.
Fourth meeting of the International Committee for October 17 held at the United Nations Headquarters (New York)During the opening session of the two-day meeting, sponsored by the Permanent Missions of France and Burkina Faso at the United Nations, H.E Mr. Cassam Uteem reminded participants that the international community needs to listen and to understand people living in extreme poverty, as they are the ones who already struggle to eradicate it and the real experts whose input is essential.
October 17, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is a call for us all to unite against extreme (…)
“Poverty […] is both a cause and a consequence of human rights violations and an enabling condition for other violations”. The Draft Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, due to be adopted by the Human Rights Council in September 2012, highlights the intrinsic link between poverty and human rights and will undoubtedly enrich the current debate on a possible successor for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).