Amnesty International accused world leaders at a UN summit of damaging the fight against global poverty through their failure to combat human rights violations.
A greater focus on rights would boost efforts to reach a set of key United Nations development goals, which are under the spotlight at the New York summit, said the London-based group.
“It is completely unacceptable that world leaders have still not agreed to take concrete action to address discrimination and other human rights violations,” said Amnesty’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty.
Such violations “prevent the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) from benefiting those who need them most,” he added.
Amnesty said there was much evidence that millions could not access basic services due to “discrimination and other human rights violations”, which meant they were left out of initiatives to achieve development targets.