'Lack of compassion' for the poor threatens US democracy: UN expert

'Lack of compassion' for the poor threatens US democracy: UN expertThe UN’s top expert on extreme poverty warned Thursday that contemptful and cruel US policies towards the poor were disenfranchising millions, posing a threat to democracy in the country. People living in poverty in the United States are seeing their rights “increasingly ignored”, said Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, he said a “complete lack of compassion” characterised US policies towards the poor, who are becoming ever more “invisible in the political process”.



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