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Poverty and Human Rights: Sen's 'Capability Perspective' Explored

Polly Vizard


According to Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, ‘poverty itself is a violation of numerous basic human rights’. The idea that freedom from poverty is a basic human right that gives rise to moral and legal obligations of governments and other actors has received increased international attention in recent years. Robinson has pushed the international agenda on poverty and human rights forward by characterising extreme poverty as one of the key human rights problems that the world faces. The recognition of poverty as a human rights issue is also increasingly r ... More

Keywords: poverty, Mary Robinson, human rights, Amartya Sen, ethics, economics, UNDP, UNICEF

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273874
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Polly Vizard, author
Research Associate at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE