Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty

Edited by Martha F. Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons

This important Research Handbook explores the nexus between human rights, poverty and inequality as a critical lens for understanding and addressing key challenges of the coming decades, including the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. The Research Handbook starts from the premise that poverty is not solely an issue of minimum income and explores the profound ways that deprivation and distributive inequality of power and capability relate to economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.
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Chapter 7: Breaking the link between poverty and disability: re-purposing human rights in the 21st century

Gerard Quinn


This chapter summarises the extensive literature on the link between poverty and disability._It analyses the contribution of human rights doctrine in revealing these links and reversing them._It concludes that human rights doctrine did not meaningfully interrogate the social and economic exclusion of persons with disabilities until very recently._A key breakthrough was the concept of ‘inclusive equality’ embedded in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) and the addition of explicit references to disability in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015)._The main conclusion of the chapter is that both human rights and the SDGs must work well together to bring about meaningful change.

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