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Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Philip Alston publishes unedited report on UN responsibility for cholera in Haiti

Full report available here. From the report summary: Cholera arrived in Haiti in October 2010, soon after the arrival of a new contingent of United Nations peacekeepers from a cholera-infected region.  The scientific evidence now points overwhelmingly to the responsibility of the peacekeeping mission as the source of the outbreak.  9,145 persons have so far  More»

The Perfect Storm: The closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary

Organizations led by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face a “perfect storm” of state-sponsored restrictions and homophobic government rhetoric that worsens the dangerous environment for their work. The basic space civil society needs to operate freely is closing in many countries, and politicians are targeting LGBT groups in particular. Despite these attacks, LGBT  More»

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

The Ethics Gap in Data Visualization What do ethics have to do with data visualization? Over the years, researchers and lawyers have come up with some rules and best practices to guide the proper collection and use of data, with particular attention on human subject research. Questions related to the collection of data go to  More»

End-of-mission statement on Romania, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

End-of-mission statement on Romania, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Bucharest, 11 November 2015 1. Introduction This is a tragic and difficult time for Romania, in the aftermath of the Colectiv nightclub fire on 30 October. But it might also prove to be a  More»

Joint NGO Statement of Support on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Human Rights to Water and Sanitation As the UN General Assembly continues its deliberations on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, we the undersigned organizations call on UN Member States to further the understanding of these human rights and bring them in line with the realities of implementation. We support the current  More»

Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice Pablo de Greiff publishes report on the guarantees of non-recurrence

In this report, the Special Rapporteur elaborates on the main elements of a framework for designing State policies regarding “guarantees of non-recurrence”. Offering conceptual clarity to the term “guarantees of non-recurrence”, the Special Rapporteur suggests structuring such policies around three main spheres of intervention. At the level of official State institutions, the report begins with  More»