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UN Officially Declares that UK's Austerity Policies Violate Human Rights

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  • 'It is clear that since 2010, ministers were fully aware that their policies would hit lower income groups hardest.'
  • Women, minorities, young people, and people with disabilities were disproportionately affected, the authors said.
  • Related: The Real Meaning of Brexit: Cry of Pain by the World's Working People

Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams

 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 | The UK government's austerity policies violate international human rights, and growing inequality in the nation is cause for "serious concerns," a damning new report by the United Nations has found.

The UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights found that six years after the Conservative party took power and extended the previous Coalition's stringent economic practices, UK residents have faced an increased reliance on food banks, rising unemployment rates, a housing crisis, and growing racism and discrimination, among other impacts.

Women, minorities, young people, and people with disabilities were disproportionately affected, the authors said.

Nadia Prupis, staff writer, Common Dreams

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https://www.project-syndicate.org/default/library/b71da4aa7fcc049ed6f3f525bb4acda6.landscapeLarge.jpgThe Real Meaning of Brexit: Cry of Pain by the World's Working People, Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine & Chair, the (interfaith and secular-humanist-and-atheist-welcoming) NSP: Network of Spiritual Progressives

Tikkun Editor’s Introductory Note:  The vote by a majority in the UK to exit from the European Union  (Britain exiting, now called Brexit) is actually a cry of pain by the working people of Britain, and a reflection of the growing pain that will shape the social and political lives of our world in the coming decades till that pain is fully addressed.