"The Government’s place is not to be assisting people who think they can’t make it on their own, it’s an absolute last emergency order” --> the words of UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights @Alston_UNSR should shame Britain & need to be publicised. My THREAD:
Professor Philip Alston said that 14 million people are in poverty in the UK (a figure the Government disputes) and that child poverty rates are “staggering” and are predicted to go up significantly over the next couple of years. #poverty#humanrights#austerity
The UN Special Rapporteur said he saw “a lot of misery” during his trip to the UK & met “a lot of people who feel the system is really there just to punish them”. People who could have gotten help in "yesterday's Britain" can no longer count on it #poverty#humanrights#austerity
1/5. From 2010 to 2014, the number of refugees and migrants coming to Europe increased from 60,000 to 280,000. The EU decided to crack down on migration by paying other countries to deal with migration for them.
2/5. The EU started making financial agreements with African strongmen and #dictators to ramp up #border security, technical aid and data collection. As a result, other countries are actually controlling the EU border, moving the border further south to #NorthAfrica.
“Even while devolved authorities in Scotland & N Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the Government’s benefits policy, Ministers insisted to me that all is well and running acc to plan” #Poverty
UN special rapporteur Philip Alston giving press conference now after his time investigating #poverty in the UK: on benefits there is 'a sense that we should make the system as unwelcoming as possible'.
.@Alston_UNSR on impact of Brexit on UK #poverty, says 'those on the lower income levels are really going to suffer' - calls for much more attention to be paid to this.
.@Alston_UNSR on the risks of paying #universalcredit to only one partner in a household: 'the impact on many women is extremely problematic: it puts them at risk of domestic violence'
UN special rapporteur @Alston_UNSR - who spent two weeks investigating UK #poverty at invitation of British govt - concludes that Tory ministers are "in denial" over the crisis caused by austerity, and their motivation is "an ideological one" bit.ly/2TcTc34
His report is a damning indictment: "All of the evidence that I've seen, not withstanding the claims of the DWP, is that sanctions are usually counter production". Calls it a "tonne of bricks approach" which is counter to basic human rights, traditional British sense of fairness
Philip Alston says the poor will also "bear the brunt" of the economic fallout from #Brexit
THREAD: I promised I'd try my abest to #FactcheckChina at today's #ChinaUPR. But I find that's rather hard when the delegation statement isn't available online...
But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a few choice selections from the China PR campaign.
The whole point of protecting #HumanRights is to ensure equality for those who are NOT "the overwhelming majority". But it appear that #XiJinping Thought would have it otherwise. #FactCheckChina
A colourful photo of streetlife in #Xinjiang. Which also happens to have seen a massive expansion of camps/detention facilities since 2016, where one might be locked up arbitrarily for simple religious expression. #FactcheckChina
Dear #MAGA#Desis & other assorted non-white ppl who support Republicans because of anti-blackness or lower taxes or the feeling of proximity to power, observe this pattern of escalating & widening targeting in #immigration policy & #deportation:
1. Criminal illegal aliens "bad hombres" 2. All undocumented immigrants 3. End TPS "Temporary Protected Status" 4. End family preference in green cards "chain migration" 5. Reduce/eliminate residency lottery 6. Review citizenship applications for fraud & revoke citizenship &
deport ppl who've been here for decades 7. End birthright citizenship for children of undocumented migrants 8. Muslim ban 9. Revoke residency visa for people who have used certain public welfare benefits
I've probably forgotten some other measures, and no doubt there are more
We're at #CEDAW71, and will live-tweet the session. Minister Frankie Campbell has introduced the delegation, thanked NGOs for contributions, and introduced The #Bahamas as the most beautiful place in the world from space (as noted by astronaut Scott Kelly).
… the free world — I hope you still cherish it — has never faced a more daunting & urgent threat that the one posed by Communist #China’s totalitarian regime. Nazi Germany’s population was 90 million. Soviet Russia’s was 293 million. Communist China? 1.386 BILLION. Must act NOW.
2. The Arabic-speaking countries, for the most part, even if they don't depend on mineral exports, are dependent on similar relationships, often mediated through the wealth on neighboring raw materials-producing nations or security arrangements made to protect industrialized
nations' interests in the mineral-exporting nations or in the Zionist settler-colonialist project (Egypt. Jordan).
3. When thousands of youth in these nations revolted against these systems in 2011 & subsequent yrs, the industrialized world supported the regimes through military
1/Children & young people with autism and learning disabilities who could be living in the community with specialist support are languishing for years in Assessment & Treatment Units, some of them locked up 24/7 in isolation rooms, bec of severe financial pressure on Local Auths
2/ At the same time, private providers running these ATUs are raking in profits, being paid £452m per yr in what has become a market driven provision where autistic and LD people are little more than commodities
3/ This in spite of the fact that caring for them in the community would be far less expensive not to mention far better for the individuals concerned, their quality of life, their security and safety and their wellbeing
As a historian specializing in the #Holocaust, #Nazi Germany, and #Europe in the era of the world wars, I have been repeatedly asked about the degree to which the current situation in the United States resembles the interwar period and the rise of #fascism in Europe.
I would note several troubling similarities and one important but equally troubling difference.
In the 1920s, the US pursued #isolationism in foreign #policy and rejected participation in international organizations like the League of Nations.
see, those of us in the #nationalsecurity world know that you consider rape a #humanrights thing and a little more fluffy than the big toys you all usually write about. But that's exactly the point, and why you should take the message that is being sent to you. 2/
The @NobelPrize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end sexual abuse AS A WEAPON OF WAR.
So you guys cover wars, right? So where is the discussion of this? From what I can see, you didn't even cover it. 3/
Marzieh Ebrahimi #AcidAttack victim #Iran .
This is a tiny example for you to know why I am trying to overthrow the mullahs.
Is not that enough for #IranRegimeChange
Marzieh Ebrahimi #AcidAttack victim #Iran .
You can be an echo of the Iranian people، help spread the word 2 know what happens in Iran.please.
#Iran: As long as the mullahs' are in power #humanrights and #womensrights are not going to be upheld in Iran.
As the Iranian regime suffers from instability and is beset by social protests and discontent, it is essential that we support the Iranian pp & #Iranprotesters!
… moreover, this dumb & counterproductive campaign against #WikiLeaks — for daring to expose widespread, systemic corruption in the #DNC, inc. flagrant campaign finance violations — sets an anti-press precedent when we should be pressing #China on #FreeSpeech & #PressFreedoms.
NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi on the Roadmap to Freedom, 2018 Iran Uprising Summit, September 22: 1- “I want to stress the path we have chosen and the horizon ahead of us as we strive to reach the Iranian people's grand destination.” #Iran#FreeIranSummit#Alternative
2- “We seek popular sovereignty. We are fighting for the establishment of a republic based on the vote of the people. We consider the people's free vote to be the sole criterion of legitimacy for national officials.” #Iran#FreeIranSummit#Alternative
3-“We stress human rights in accordance w/ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, & in accordance w/ conventions adopted by the United Nations. The mullahs' sharia edicts, which make up the legal precedent of the regime's punitive laws, will have no place in tomorrow's Iran.”
This could explain Javad Zarif's anxiety:
"It should be noted that on the Internet, especially Telegram, the enemy and especially the [#MEK], have gained complete control… The terminology of regime change is gaining complete control in social media networks." -Tehran Press #Iran
The mullahs have always been fearful of #MEK's connecting to citizens. Here is what @NYTimes wrote in 1996: "Gov officials said the number of banned sites was not available, but they include those with information distributed by opposition groups like the [MEK]..." #CyberSecurity
The @NYTimes continued: ''The brains of the young are very impressionable, so the Mujahedeen Khalq [#MEK] might be able to brainwash people to join them, or they might be able to influence an election,'' said a senior Gov official familiar w/ the Internet project. #CyberSecurity
This all started because the #MetPolice & #LBRUT couldn't do their jobs properly & then decided to take the law into their own hands. The result of this decision has led to events stranger than fiction
My company was raided. It should have been a straightforward matter. But the #MetPolice & #LBRUT forgot to seize my computer & came back to do a 2nd raid. The search warrant didn't permit a second entry, however, #LBRUT entered unlawfully
Complaints were then made to my MP #VinceCable. He liaised with the #Metpolice & #LBRUT. And then weeks later, the search warrant was completely changed & was passed off as the search warrant executed on the day of the raids.