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Gove must consider Britons' economic human rights

The government's proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights present us with the opportunity to codify our economic rights, says David Kirwan

23 June 2015

The government's proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights present us with a unique opportunity to go further than our European cousins and finally take steps to codify our economic human rights.

Nobody would deny that access to shelter, food, and water are fundamental human needs. Amnesty International declares that 'nobody should be denied their rights to adequate housing, food, [and] water.' Article 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adds economic rights to the list. Why, then, are these not afforded the same legal status as human rights? Would the inclusion of these basic human needs in a British Bill of Rights not be an effective way of eradicating poverty in the UK?

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests the
UK government's inaction
on effective poverty reduction stems from the ingrained public distinction...

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