EXPERTS EMPHASIZE THE REDISTRIBUTION OF INCOME AS ONE OF THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS
Experts congregated this morning in the closing session of the Dialogue "Human Rights, Emerging Needs and New Commitments" have agreed that the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger is one of the great challenges in terms of human rights
Social and political agents along with nongovernmental organizations, among other civic organizations and bodies "are forced to put measures into place to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty". This is, in fact, one of the two great challenges in terms of human rights facing humanity, in addition to restoring universal global democracy as a framework for a good development of human rights. This was stated today by Victoria Abellán, professor of Law Public at the University of Barcelona, in the closing session of the Dialogue "Human Rights, Emerging Needs and New Commitments", held in the Forum Building Auditorium.
This struggle against poverty must have a different approach to the individualist approach that prevailed in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, according to Sonia Picado, President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. Sonia Picado indicated that it is in human rights "where the ethics of globalization are to be found, since this has not only been developed without ethics, but that 'it has increased the existing breach between rich and poor'". The person in charge of this organization has expressed her optimism that "it is possible to be more effective and better" in terms of defending human rights. "We have to think about utopias", she emphasized.
Jordi Borja, city planner and sociologist, proposed as a starting point that: "The assets and resources available to humanity, such as energy or water should be subject to market conditions". In the words of Carmen Márquez, professor of International Law at the University of Seville, "these are not good times for human rights", although "to respect and to make people respect human rights is of universal common interest", she added. Márquez went on to say that: "for most citizens, human rights are still a mega aspiration".
Finally, the president of the association "Red Renta Básica" (RRB), Daniel Raventós, commented on it as being "a simple, but subversive idea", as it is the State allocating an income to everybody" just for the very fact of being a citizen". In the opinion of Raventós, "without a guaranteed material existence there is no freedom and therefore people become vulnerable and more dependant, which implies a lack of freedom and, finally, a loss of self-respect", indicated the president of this association.