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The Special Rapporteur can intervene directly with governments on alleged human rights violations that relate to extreme poverty and human rights. He does this by means of letters, which can take the form of either an urgent appeal or an ordinary communication. Such an intervention can relate to a human rights violation that has already occurred, is ongoing, or which has a high risk of occurring. The process involves sending a letter to the concerned State identifying the facts of the allegation, applicable international human rights norms and standards, concerns and questions, and a request for follow-up action. In some cases, communications are also sent to inter-governmental organisations or non-State actors.

Communications may deal with individual cases, general patterns and trends of human rights violations, cases affecting a particular group or community, or the content of draft or existing legislation, policy or practice considered not to be fully compatible with international human rights standards.  More information on communications, including how to submit information to the Special Rapporteur, is available here.

The current page contains links to all communications – individual and joint – issued by Professor Alston in his capacity as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights during 2014 – 2020.

Argentina

Bonds and Debt

Australia

Termination of Accounts of Somali Money Transfer

Social Services Legislation

Bahrain

Discrimination, Religion, Expression, and Culture

Bangladesh

Water and Arsenic

Brazil

Constitutional Amendment

Police Intervention in Cracolandia

Canada

Homeless Crisis

China

Detention and Freedom of Expression

Disappearance of Human Rights Lawyer

Disappearance of Human Rights Defender

Freedom of Expression and Harassment

Colombia

Land, Indigenous Peoples, Water and Sanitation

Afro-Colombian Community, Racism, Executions, Violence, and Poverty

Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Emergency Housing and Migrants

Egypt

Abusive Labour Practices

Greece

Immigration, Housing, Sanitation, and Health

Guatemala

Basic Income and the Right to Food

Right to Food

India

Judicial Harassment of and Death Threats Received by Rajat Kalsa

Abusive Labour Practices

Indonesia

Abusive Labour Practices

Mauritania

Detention of Human Rights Defenders

Detention and Torture

Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Abdullah Owaideh

Abusive Labour Practices

Moldova

Roma Community Action Plan

Myanmar

Right to Food

Netherlands

Emergency Housing and Migrants

Emergency Assistance to Homeless Migrants

NML Capital

Bonds and Debt

Pakistan

Abusive Labour Practices

Philippines

Abusive Labour Practices

Saudi Arabia

Detention of Human Rights Defender

Demolition of Historic Neighborhood

Abusive Labour Practices

Serbia

Immigration and Housing

Somalia

Termination of Accounts of Somali Money Transfer

South Africa

Killing of Human Rights Defender Sibonelo Patrick Mpeku

Spain

Roma Community and Lack of Access to Sanitation, Health, and Education

Sudan

Abusive Labour Practices

Turkey

Emergency Measures, Coup, and Subsequent Poverty

Detention and Freedom of Speech

State of Emergency

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Termination of Accounts of Somali Money Transfer

Welfare Reform and Work Act

United Nations

Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

United States

Water and Sanitation in Detroit

Bonds and Debts

Racism and Water and Sanitation in Baltimore

Termination of Accounts of Somali Money Transfer

Water Crisis in Flint

Venezuela

Housing, Food, and Health

Yemen

Abusive Labour Practices