Human rights experts have told the UN that its austerity policies violate international law, the Nationalreports. The claims come as the UN receives submissions detailing the impacts of austerity on people in the UK.
I will be visiting the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 5-16 November 2018. Please find more information and a call for written submissions here: https://t.co/o0Q9ewI2L8 Looking forward to learning more about poverty and human rights issues in the UK.
evidence from the Trussell Trust [food bank]… demonstrates that a ‘significant number of individuals is deprived of essential foodstuffs’ and this as a direct result of interference with the availability, accessibility and adequacy elements of the ICESCR Article 9
SNAP quotes the Equality and Human Rights Commission:
The most affected protected group [by austerity] is disabled people, driven largely by reforms targeting disability benefits directly. Families with disabled adults and disabled children have faced the largest financial loss in cash terms compared to any other household type.
SNAP says that the sum total of the deprivation it describes also leads to violations of people’s right to an adequate standard of living (ICESCR Article 11).
‘Two child’ policy disaster
Other experts have also made submissions. Dr Ben Warwick from Birmingham University has described how the UK’s:
fiscal polices continue to violate a wide range of human rights standards.
engrains stereotypes, violates rights to social security, sexual and reproductive health rights and an adequate standard of living and is retrogressive.
In another submission, law professor Deirdre McCann argues that the increase in “highly casualised”, zero-hour jobs with “unpredictable incomes” also breaks the law. This is because such jobs ‘deprive’ workers:
of the ‘just and favourable’ conditions of work required by Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A “human catastrophe”
In 2017, a UN committee accused UK welfare cuts of creating a “human catastrophe” and breaking international law by:
totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in.
Poverty is not inevitable; it is a political choice.
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