Following the United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has blasted the U.N. for its recent report on poverty and human rights in America.
Last week, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston began to discuss the results of his study on poverty in the United States ahead of the formal presentation of his findings in front of the U.N. Wednesday this week.
Now, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is criticizing the U.N. for commissioning the report, saying in a letter to Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) that “it is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America.”
Alston’s study found that some 40 million Americans live in poverty and that 5.3 million live in “Third World conditions.”
Roughly 13 million of the people living in poverty are children.
The study points directly at politics as the main cause for American poverty, pointing out that it is not a matter of money itself but rather an issue of where the money goes and stays.
“At the end of the day, however, particularly in a rich country like the United States, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power. With political will, it could readily be eliminated.”
After all, the three richest people living in the United States have more accumulated wealth than the bottom 50% of the nation.
Sanders and other Democratic congressmembers have asked the current administration to provide Congress with a plan to follow through on suggestions made in Alston’s report.
“I hope you will agree that in a nation in which the top three people own more wealth than the bottom half, we can and must do much better than that.” — Sanders