Philip Alston

Philip Alston (Australia) became Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in June 2014. Special Rapporteurs are part of the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Procedures system of independent experts. Follow him on Twitter @Alston_UNSR and Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlstonUNSR.

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What the “digital welfare state” really means for human rights

January 8, 2020
By: Philip Alston
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The digitalization of welfare is presented as an altruistic and noble enterprise designed to ensure ...

 

Fiscal policy is key to achieving SDGs and avoiding “climate apartheid”

July 25, 2019
By: Philip Alston & Nikki Reisch
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Delivering on the SDG’s promise to reduce economic inequality requires progressive taxation and effective ...

 

Phantom rights: the systemic marginalization of economic and social rights

August 4, 2016
By: Philip Alston
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Neither the UN nor civil society is doing much about the deep resistance of many states to proper recognition ...

 

Extreme inequality as the antithesis of human rights

August 27, 2015
By: Philip Alston
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Extreme inequality directly undermines human rights, and is a cause for shame for the human rights community.