Philip Alston

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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  those in his  government who decided how the algorithms were going to work must have known what they were doing.  Photograph: Getty Images

In a world in which algorithms are increasingly trusted to run many of the automated systems that manage our lives – often just because they can – it (...)

Cerrejón mine in Colombia. ‘Possibly the most overtly violent abuse the mine has been accused of is the forced displacement of local people,’ a Christian Aid report says. Photograph: Bianca Bauer

State owned electricity company ESB has been called out for “contributing to human rights violations” by importing coal from a mine in Colombia for us(...)

US whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks to European officials by video during a parliamentary hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers, at the Council of Europe in 2014. File photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

In terms of privacy and data protection, 2019 was another bumper year of issues, arguments, frustrations and weary resignation, eased by a (very) few (...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: found that key aspects of the PSC have no basis in law. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ever since it was first announced, the Public Services Card (PSC) has divided opinion. Its proponents argued that it would make life easier and more(...)

Daniel Holder of civil liberties group Committee on the Administration of Justice: asylum seekers and welfare recipients have a ‘right to a private life’

A covert policing commissioner for Northern Ireland should be appointed to deal with complaints from people such as welfare recipients and asylum seek(...)

Sahra Mohamed and Marya Abdulah getting drinking water from the Concern and EU Echo-funded water catchment tank in Northern Somaliland. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

If a single drought is classified as an environmental bullet, what is facing Somaliland in the Horn of Africa is rapid machine-gun fire. The increasin(...)

Public Services Card: the public has been given no indication of how their data is stored and protected

Immediate clarity is needed on the scope, intention and justification for the mishmash that is the Public Services Card.  If any lingering doubt(...)

An usher gestures as China’s President Xi Jinping arrives to deliver his closing statement at the G20 summit in Hangzhou last week. Under Mr  Xi, China has seen increased persecution of human rights lawyers and civil society reformers, with tighter control of the internet and the media. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

China’s Communist Party-run courts have strengthened their system of legal checks and balances and are making progress on human rights, despite ongoin(...)

Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday. He said that  China’s great progress in poverty alleviation has been accompanied by the emergence of very high levels of inequality. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China has had extraordinary success in alleviating poverty, the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has said, but it(...)

The debate on developing states had moved from overseas development aid to international tax policies in the past ten years.

The United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has criticised Irish tax policies which have had a negative impact on poo(...)