Video: UN’s Alston – Tories breach basic human rights obligations, could fix overnight if wanted

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Philip Alston interviewing people whose human rights he says the government has ‘inhumanly’ breached

The preliminary findings presented today by UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights have had more coverage in the UK’s mainstream media than many expected.

More, but still limited – and what is below has had scant mention.

Responding to a question posed by the SKWAWKBOX about how easily and cheaply Alston had said many of the worst problems inflicted on the vulnerable could be fixed – and whether in view of this the Tories are breaching human rights, Alston:

  • listed simple steps that would alleviate huge suffering at little cost
  • disbelieved the government’s excuses
  • compared Tory policies unfavourably with one of the most draconian policies of Communist China
  • and called the Tories’ ‘punitive’ sanctions regime ‘cruel’, ‘inhuman’ and ‘inconsistent with Britain’s basic human rights obligations

SKWAWKBOX comment:

Alston does not mince his words – but his forthright language doesn’t scratch the surface of the suffering the Tories are inflicting on our most vulnerable people, including our children, disabled people and the mentally ill.

The shame of this government – and its cruel, inhuman, criminal breaches of human rights – are now a matter of record.

The government, which Alston said is in denial, is of course denying his findings – and the mainstream media, which are unlikely to show the full extent of Alston’s damning assessment, are ridiculously misrepresenting this ‘head in the sand’ response as ‘striking back’.

It’s essential that the many facets of Alston’s utter condemnation of the Tory government become widely known.

 

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9 responses to “Video: UN’s Alston – Tories breach basic human rights obligations, could fix overnight if wanted

  1. Can you supply a link to the full Alston video please.
    Thanks for all your updates and hard work.

  2. I think it is diplomatic for him to say the government is ‘in denial’. Putting Rudd at the helm of HMS Universal Credit shows only too clearly this government’s callous attitude to disabled, low waged and unemployed people. Maintaining a hostile environment towards the vulnerable, regardless of legalities, will doubtless be the continued direction of travel.

    • Putting Rudd at the helm is very fitting. With her experience of the “hostile environment” towards immigrants at the Home Office, she has a skill-set readily transferrable to the “hostile environment” towards benefit claimants at the DWP!

  3. Alston:

    listed simple steps that would alleviate huge suffering at little cost

    disbelieved the government’s excuses

    compared Tory policies unfavourably with one of the most draconian policies of Communist China

    and called the Tories’ ‘punitive’ sanctions regime ‘cruel’, ‘inhuman’ and ‘inconsistent with Britain’s basic human rights obligations

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    And all of this will go under the radar because of brexit. OR, be simply laughed off or attacked as ‘A threat to our sovereignty from some nutter at the UN’ by the toerags and the morning murdochs.

    Just like the last 3 UN reports.

    When Alston said claimants were: ‘On their own’ , he wasn’t kidding. The toerags goebbels’ propaganda machine has done it’s job with the help of the collaborators within the Labour party. Yes I’m pointing at YOU berger, ellman, mann & screeching etc. etc. etc. You’re complicit as I see it. Willing accessories to a financial holocaust.

    Forget people on benefits actually being financially, physically and mentally harmed, or even dying as a direct result of toerag idealogy – It’s Labour’s antisemitism you need to concentrate on…

  4. The UN ought to be planning a Nuremburg-style trial for the creators of the benefit “reforms” of the last 8 years.

    Y’know, something a bit more aggressive than a report…

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