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The Unheard Truth

Poverty and Human Rights

Irene Khan (Author)


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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33700-6
  • 7 × 9.1 in / 272 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Khan’s inquiry into poverty and human rights issues is scrupulously sourced with copious endnotes and statistics to back up every assertion, but it truly excels when Khan provides personal stories that hit harder than numbers.... In concise, well-ordered chapters, Khan brings massive social problems down to a manageable size. A significant and unflinching analysis of a terribly (and tragically) important area of study.” — Colleen Mondor, Booklist

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