Press Releases

This page contains links to the official United Nations press releases that Professor Alston has issued in his capacity as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

Philip Alston giving a press conference in Washington, DC following his visit to the United States in December 2017
Philip Alston giving a press conference in Washington, DC following his visit to the United States in December 2017


UN poverty expert says UK policies inflict unnecessary misery (November 16, 2018)

UN human rights expert to visit UK to assess poverty (November 1, 2018)

UN poverty expert warns against tsunami of unchecked privatisation (October 19, 2018)

Saudi Arabia must immediately free women human rights defenders held in crackdown, say UN experts (27 June 2018)

Ghana’s main economic initiatives will do little to reduce poverty, warns UN expert (20 June 2018)

IMF has large brain and tiny conscience, says UN poverty expert calling for urgent change (19 June 2018)

“Contempt for the poor in US drives cruel policies,” says UN expert (4 June 2018)

Japan: Benefit cuts threaten social protection of the poor, UN rights experts warn (24 May 2018)

Ghana must prioritise social protection to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, says UN poverty expert (14 April 2018)

UN expert on extreme poverty to visit Ghana from April 9-18 (3 April 2018)

Brazil: UN experts alarmed by killing of Rio human rights defender who decried military intervention (26 March 2018)

Venezuela: Dire living conditions worsening by the day, UN human rights experts warn (9 February 2018)


“American Dream is rapidly becoming American Illusion,” warns UN rights expert on poverty (15 December 2017)

UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights to visit USA, one of the wealthiest countries in the world (20 November 2017)

Put human rights at heart of development, Zeid urges Peru (25 October 2017)

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – Tuesday 17 October 2017 (16 October 2017)

Death penalty disproportionately affects the poor, UN rights experts warn (6 October 2017)

End to Saudi driving ban for women should be just the first step – UN experts (28 September 2017)

UN experts urge China to release lawyer Jiang Tianyong currently on trial for subversion (6 September 2017)

Power shortages in Gaza deepening the humanitarian crisis, say UN rights experts (12 July 2017)

Saudi Arabia’s use of force and demolitions in the Al-Masora neighborhood violates human rights (24 May 2017)

Embrace diversity and protect trans and gender diverse children and adolescents (16 May 2017)

Ahead of referendum, UN experts warn Turkey about impact of purge on economic, social and cultural rights (13 April 2017)

UN experts urge Saudi Arabia to halt forced evictions and demolitions of the Al-Masora neighborhood in Awamia (5 April 2017)

“Saudi Vision 2030 could be a catalyst for realizing women’s rights” – UN expert (19 January 2017)


UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights to visit Saudi Arabia (29 December 2016)

Human rights under increasing attack worldwide (9 December 2016)

Brazil 20-year public expenditure cap will breach human rights, UN expert warns (9 December 2016)

UN experts urge China to investigate disappearance of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong (6 December 2016)

China: “Poverty alleviation needs to be accompanied by accountability” – UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights (23 August 2016)

UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights to visit China (10 August 2016)

2030 Development Goals: “No one should be left behind, and no human right ignored” – UN experts (12 July 2016)

“Who is it for?” – UN experts call for a New Urban Agenda based on human rights for every one (29 June 2016)

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights financial crisis (3 June 2016)

“AIDS epidemic still being driven by human rights violations” – UN experts warn (3 June 2016)

Human rights protection must gain new momentum at World Humanitarian Summit – UN experts (20 May 2016)

“Pathologization – Being lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans is not an illness” For International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – Tuesday 17 May 2016 (12 May 2016)

Mauritania risks instability if its wealth is not better shared: UN expert on extreme poverty (11 May 2016)

Flint: “Not just about water, but human rights” – UN experts remind ahead of President Obama’s visit (3 May 2016)

First official visit to Mauritania by the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (27 April 2016)

Zika virus: “Improved water and sanitation services are the best answer” – UN experts note (11 March 2016)

Counter-terrorism measures threaten money sent home by Somali diaspora, UN rights experts warn (18 January 2016)


“As the Covenants turn 50, it is time to turn norms into action” – UN experts (9 December 2015)

Romania “in denial about extent of poverty, UN human rights expert says (11 November 2015)

Roma, children and people with disabilities to be focus of UN expert’s visit to Romania (28 October 2015)

UN experts urge Latin America and the Caribbean to adopt trend-setting agreement on environmental democracy (22 October 2015)

“The World Bank is a Human Rights-Free Zone” – UN expert on extreme poverty expresses deep concern (29 September 2015)

Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue on extreme poverty and on counter-terrorism (22 June 2015)

Discriminated and made vulnerable: Young LGBT and intersex people need recognition and protection of their rights International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia – Sunday 17 May 2015 (13 May 2015)

UN experts warn over Council of Europe mixed messages on homelessness in the Netherlands (16 April 2015)

Poverty in Chile risks being overlooked, says UN human rights expert (24 March 2015)

UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights visits Chile at crucial crossroads (12 March 2015)

Guatemala new low minimum wage “setback on sustainable development” – UN rights experts (17 February 2015)

Dutch decision to fund emergency assistance for homeless migrants “welcome change of position” – UN experts (28 January 2015)


World Bank should recognize importance of human rights in its new environmental and social policies (17 December 2014)

Urgent Appeal: UN experts call on the Netherlands to give homeless migrants emergency help before Christmas (16 December 2014)

Human rights impact must be addressed in vulture fund litigation – UN experts (27 November 2014)

Far more than charity needed to lift 2.2 billion people out of poverty for good (17 October 2014)

Detroit: Disconnecting water from people who cannot pay – an affront to human rights, say UN experts (25 June 2014)

Council holds dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on violence against women and on extreme poverty and human rights (12 June 2014)