- ISBN-13: 9780393337006
- Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
- Edition description: Original
- Pages: 272
- Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
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
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