A United Nations official says many people in the United States face “barriers to political participation” and suffer from “great poverty and inequality,” despite the US government’s emphasis on democracy and the country’s great wealth.
Philip Alston, who is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, is visiting several US states to examine inequality and poverty.
The Australian human rights expert started his US tour last Friday and will visit the states of California, West Virginia, Alabama, Washington, DC, and the US territory of Puerto Rico.
Alston said he will visit West Virginia to look into the dwindling industrial jobs available there and will go to California to investigate the state’s homeless problem.
“Some might ask why a UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights would visit a country as rich as the United States. But despite great wealth in the US, there also exists great poverty…