Hundreds of thousands have been displaced, thousands raped, hundreds of villages burnt to the ground and at least 1,000 civilians killedAt least 1,000 civilians killed in Congo Oct 16, 2009
Quite apart from the need to distinguish political opponents from terrorists, the point is that governments are clearly obligated to address any such situations within a framework clearly governed by human rights lawU.N. rights expert seeks Uzbekistan visit May 20, 2005
While there may be circumstances in which the use of such techniques is consistent with applicable international law, this can only be determined in light of information about the legal basis on which particular individuals have been targeted, the measures taken to ensure conformity with the international humanitarian law principles of discrimination, proportionality, necessity and precaution, and the steps taken retrospectively to assess compliance in practiceU.N. official questions U.S. drone use Oct 29, 2009
The pre-meditated killing of political opponents, combined with a massive assault on the media, must be tackled at various levels that go well beyond standard murder investigationsRights experts call for probe of massacre Dec 03, 2009
Executing a mentally ill man would be a major step backwards for ChinaBritain asks China for execution clemency Dec 26, 2009
Philip G. Alston is a prominent international law scholar and human rights practitioner. He is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and co-Chair of the law school's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. In human rights law, Alston has held a range of senior UN appointments for well over two decades, including, since 2004, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Alston graduated from the University of Melbourne and from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.
His brother is the former Australian federal Cabinet minister and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Richard Alston.