UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights works to elucidate the relationship between human rights and poverty. In each calendar year, the Special Rapporteur:

Through these specific outputs, the Special Rapporteur seeks to influence agenda-setting and policy-making at both the national and international levels, and give a higher profile to these issues through contributions to public debate, publications, and advocacy.

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Thematic Areas

Since he was appointed in June 2014, Professor Alston has stressed the importance of relying on a human rights based approach when confronting extreme poverty. The Special Rapporteur has focused on the following thematic areas:

For a more complete archive of news and documents relating to Professor Alston’s period as mandate holder, visit the Center’s searchable Document Center and News Archive.

Recent News
Press Releases
October 17, 2019
World Stumbling Zombie-like into a Digital Welfare Dystopia, Warns UN Human Rights Expert
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Press Releases
October 16, 2019
The Netherlands is Building a Surveillance State for the Poor, Says UN Rights Expert
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Press Coverage
October 16, 2019
“Digital Welfare State”: Big Tech Allowed to Target and Surveil the Poor, UN is Warned
The Guardian
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Recent Documents
Commentary
January 8, 2020
What the “Digital Welfare State” Really Means for Human Rights
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Reports and Briefing Papers
October 16, 2019
UN Special Rapporteur Report on the Digitization of Welfare States
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Articles and Chapters
July 30, 2019
Much Ado About Poverty: The Role of a UN Special Rapporteur
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Philip Alston
CHRGJ Faculty Director and Chair
John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law
UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Bassam Khawaja
Senior Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Rebecca Riddell
Senior Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Christiaan van Veen
Director, Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project
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