The United Nations has just published a report on poverty in the U.S. based on a fact-finding tour that included parts of the Ohio Valley.
The UN report says that of the 40 million poor Americans about 5.3 million live in “Third World conditions of absolute poverty.”
The study also suggests recent tax reforms will worsen the situation for U.S. citizens and ensure that the country remains the most unequal society in the developed world. UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Philip Alston was the report’s lead author. In an interview with the Ohio Valley ReSource, he said poverty has significant human rights implications.
“I think that if people are really living in very poor circumstances their ability to exercise a lot of their basic civil rights is greatly impaired,” he said.