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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.35 photos
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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.From Publishers Weekly:
Important, potentially transformative ideas are nearly lost in this noble but botched treatise by Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International. Describing poverty as the world's worst human rights crisis, the author refutes the view that economic growth alone can address the problem, arguing that corruption, disenfranchisement and other ills perpetuate poverty even as a country's GDP rises. Shifting her focus to the United Nations, she reveals how the organization's antiquated human rights and antipoverty approaches—still heavily influenced by cold war ideological battles—impede the causes they are intended to assist. Unfortunately, readers must wade through the book's tedious first half to reach these insights; Khan squanders space and her audience's patience reporting truisms like poor people often have inadequate shelter, that they lack food and often go to bed hungry and that war and genocide impoverish their victims. Not only do these unnecessary sections obscure Khan's very valuable messages, but they read more like a textbook than the work of a leading expert in her field. Photos. (Oct.)
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Book Description Viva Books Private Limited, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. First edition. Despite economic growth in almost every corner of the world over the last decade, billions of people still live in poverty. Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan claims that economic analyses do not provide a full picture and economic solutions alone cannot end the problems of poverty. In a bracing argument enriched with her personal experiences and case studies from around the world, Khan sees poverty as the world?s worst human rights crisis because it traps people in a vicious cycle of deprivation, insecurity, exclusion, and voicelessness. She argues that the foremost challenge is the empowerment of poor people, and makes a passionate and urgent plea for action to uphold human rights in the fight to end poverty. Contents: 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 Trapped ? 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 Acknowlwgwmwnt to Action - A Campaign for the Rights of Poor People ? Endnotes ? Index Printed Pages: 270. Seller Inventory # 5754
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