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“There is indeed a relationship between race and poverty”
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There is indeed a link between poverty and ethnic origin. Already in 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism stated that racial or ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by poverty, with the lack of education, adequate housing and health care transmitting poverty f
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  • There is indeed a link between poverty and ethnic origin. Already in 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism stated that racial or ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by poverty, with the lack of education, adequate housing and health care transmitting poverty from generation to generation.
  • Racism causes poverty because of the exclusion it leads to. But in addition, poverty itself may lead to further discrimination, what De Schutter calls "povertyism". The uncomfortable truth, says De Schutter, is that negative stereotypes about people in poverty are rife among the general population, and are embedded in the very institutions meant to...
  • “Even judges have been found to hand down harsher sentences based on anti-poor stereotypes,” De Schutter said.
  • A thematic study by the Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development issued in  June 2022 linked racism to State violence, a lack of economic opportunities, poverty and other disparities that impinged on the right to development.
  • The “Learn, Speak Up, Act!” Campaign launched on July 2022 by UN Human Rights aims at fostering concrete action to fight racism and other related types of discrimination. Challenging stereotypes and biases that encourage discrimination based on the colour of the skin or social origin is key to the full realisation of human rights.

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