Friday, December 15, 2017

Looking in the Mirror

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights has concluded his official visit to the United States.  His preliminary findings, available here, were released at a press conference on Friday, December 15. 

These findings give us an opportunity to look in the mirror and see the US as other countries see us -- a place with great wealth, a nation of innovators, but also a place of deep poverty, where democracy is gradually being undermined by growing inequality, racial divides and accompanying indifference.

The Trump Administration allowed the Special Rapporteur to visit, yet senior federal officials and Republican leaders were apparently too busy to meet with him in Washington.  How can US human rights advocates ensure that this report gets the attention that it deserves?

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