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POVERTY ALLEVIATION: A HUMAN RIGHTS

APPROACH
SUB-THEME: Poverty and Human Rights: Current trends and challenges

NAME OF THE RESEARCHERS -

RESEARCHER 1 - SHREYA GHOSH DASTIDAR


MAIL ID- ghoshdastidarshreya87@gmail.com
2nd year, B.A.LLB.
Mobile No. - 8250006598

RESEARCHER 2 – PRABAL CHAKRABORTY


MAIL ID- prabal.chakraborty@slsh.edu.in
2nd year, B.B.A.LLB.
Mobile No. – 9062067363
SYMBIOSIS LAW SCHOOL, HYDERABAD
ADDRESS- Symbiosis law school, Hyderabad, survey no- 292, off Bangalore highway road,
kottur mandal, mamidipally, POST- Shahabad, Mahboobnagar

ABSTRACT:
Poverty is probably the most serious human rights and development challenge both advanced
and developing countries face. The recognition of poverty as a human rights issue is a recent
development. It coincides with the greater acceptance of economic, social, and cultural rights
as enforceable human rights rather than mere policy objectives. The United Nations
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights defined poverty as a “human condition
characterized by the sustained or chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices,
security and power necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other
civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights”, which is considered as the most
comprehensive and rights-sensitive definition of poverty. In the Indian situation, this transition
is indeed given that an integral understanding of the chapters on fundamental rights and
directive principles of state policy of the Constitution of India, which has been elaborated over
time through a progressive interpretation by the Indian judiciary, in particular, the Supreme
Court.
Therefore, the relationship between poverty and Human Rights plays an important role in
Human Rights Jurisprudence with the object of the Eradication of the widespread poverty and
the full enjoyment of economic, social, and cultural rights with civil and political rights, as
poverty-ridden people of human society are not capable to claim any sort of rights. Poverty is
not only deprivation of basic needs or material resources but a violation of human dignity. The
most injurious and debilitating characteristic of poverty is loss of dignity. In recent years, the
International Human Rights Law has acquired a high level of global legitimacy. Human Rights
approach to poverty looks not just at resources but also at the capabilities, choices, security and
power needed for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other fundamental civil,
cultural, economic, political and social rights. In this paper, the authors made an attempt to
explore and analyse current issues of poverty and human rights challenges discussing some of
the recent incidents and will be addressing the adoption of a human rights approach to poverty
reduction. The paper will contain an in-depth insight to the legislations related to the same issue
and their effectiveness regarding this.
Keywords: poverty, human rights, deprivation, eradication, legislations.