UN expert: Outlook grim for victims of Laos dam collapse
BANGKOK (AP) — A U.N. expert on human rights says hundreds of people displaced by the collapse of a dam in Laos face bleak prospects for recovering their homes and livelihoods.
BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert has urged communist-ruled Laos to focus less on foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and...
UN human rights expert says UK cuts to services causing harm
LONDON (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert says cuts to Britain's social support are causing misery for poorer citizens.
Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, concluded Friday that Britain's government remains in a state of denial about the impact of benefit cuts and says the country's departure from the European Union could make things worse should the economy weaken as expected.
BERLIN (AP) — A human rights expert criticized the United States on Friday for failing to tackle poverty and giving tax cuts to the wealthy — comments that came only days after Washington quit the U.N. body that appointed him.
High U.S. income inequality "can only be made worse" by the Trump administration's policy of cutting taxes, Philip Alston told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
GENEVA (AP) — A U.N.-supported human rights expert has blasted the yawning gap between rich and poor in the United States, insisting in a new report that the world's richest country "is now moving full steam ahead to make itself even more unequal."
UN visits Puerto Rico to assess help for hurricane victims
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights met Monday with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico as complaints grow about the U.S. government's response to a Category 4 storm.
U.N. envoy Philip Alston toured one of the hardest hit areas in the capital of San Juan, marking the first time such an envoy has visited the U.S. territory in recent history.
UN expert to visit, study effects of efforts to end poverty
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights will visit West Virginia's capital city during a fact-finding trip to the United States.
A statement from the U.N. says professor Philip Alston will travel to the United States in December to investigate government efforts to eradicate poverty in the country, and how this relates to the United States' obligations under international human rights law.
BEIJING (AP) — A U.N. representative on human rights said that he was followed by security officers in disguise during an official trip to China and that some activists he met with may have suffered intimidation and retaliation.
Philip Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, said the Chinese government's conduct was at odds with the need for U.N. experts to have the freedom to assess situations and preserve the confidentiality of sources.
Lawyer: Police confirm they detained Chinese rights activist
BEIJING (AP) — Police have detained a prominent human rights campaigner for allegedly using ID that wasn't his own to buy train tickets, his lawyer said Thursday.
Jiang Tianyong's family and friends last heard from him on Nov. 21 while he was in Changsha city in southern China visiting the wife of a rights lawyer detained in a broad crackdown that began last year.
Expert calls UN response to cholera in Haiti ‘a disgrace’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert strongly criticized the United Nations on Tuesday for denying legal responsibility for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti caused by U.N. peacekeepers, calling it "a disgrace" and urging the world body to issue an apology and accept responsibility.
UN envoy: China must give public voice to stamp out poverty
BEIJING (AP) — China's efforts to reduce poverty have improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people, but they could be undermined in the future without efforts to root out corruption and better address public complaints, a United Nations representative for human rights warned Tuesday.