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Society: Poverty and inequality: Council of Europe warns Germany

Society: Poverty and inequality: Council of Europe warns Germany

Germany gets its fat from the Council of Europe. The accusation: Too little commitment to combating poverty and inequality in the country. There is a need for action, especially when it comes to children and the disabled.

The Council of Europe sees gaps in the fight against poverty and social inequality in Germany. In the Federal Republic, “persistent problems in access to social rights have led to worrying levels of poverty, social inequality and homelessness,” said Human Rights Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic after her five-day visit to Germany. She called for rapid action to better protect the right to an adequate standard of living.

Measures are particularly needed to benefit single parents, children, people with disabilities and older people. The Federal Government should live up to its obligation to strengthen children’s rights “by anchoring them in the constitution and appointing a central authority to coordinate the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at all levels,” demanded the Commissioner. In addition, it is a mistake to send the majority of children with disabilities to special schools because there they “fall far behind their potential in terms of their academic and professional career opportunities.”

It is trusted that the federal government’s current budget discussions will have no impact on social support measures, it said. After all, these are “a lifeline for many and are also necessary to secure the subsistence minimum prescribed by the Federal Constitutional Court.”

Source: Stern

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