Saturday, 18 June 2016

Scottish Human Rights Commission submits poverty report to UN

"A report into poverty in Scotland and the way it blights lives has been compiled for the United Nations (UN)."

"The world body has been alerted to various aspects of inequality in the country including the impact of welfare reform and austerity measures on human rights."

"In particular, the report focusses on how these affect women, disabled people, children and young people, pensioners on low incomes and ethnic minorities."

"The Scottish Human Rights Commission has submitted the document to the UN setting out ways in which poverty means people in Scotland’s economic, social and cultural rights are not being met."

"It has been compiled as part of a review taking place in Geneva, by the UN Committee for the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)."

"With new powers coming to the Scottish Parliament, the commission will be sharpening its focus on ensuring our governments and public authorities meet their human rights obligations."

"The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will publish its findings on Scotland and the UK’s implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in July."


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