My answer to Is poverty a human rights violation?
Answer by Desmond Last:
Absolute Poverty is a human rights violation. Morally there is no justification for a system of Government or Economics which starves its people.
In God’s World we need go no further than that. It is cruel and inhumane to let people starve. We as mankind using the morality of the human condition which allows ‘good’ to prevail over Evil should not need a code to act as guardians of God’s will. I am good not because of the Bible or the Quran but because I want to be. God’s word is to guide me but I do not believe he wants to tell us to be good rather he expects me to be good as a choice between good and Evil.
However as there is Evil greed and incompetence in our World and Governments we need the Universal Deceleration of Human Rights (1948).
It clearly states we are all born free and equal in dignity and in rights.
It also states everyone has the right to life and no one shall be subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment.
Absolute poverty is a transgression of all of the above.
Our Governments have a moral and legal duty to ensure people do not live in absolute poverty. That means we do not let people starve to death.
Are other levels of Poverty a transgression of Human Rights? Possibly but you cannot provide support without the accompanying effort of those who are living in Poverty.
To do so would require a Welfare System that allows fraud and corruption as with the current system(s) of Donar Aid to corrupt Government and NGO’s.