United Nations

The United Nations is the largest intergovernmental organisation in the world, and has the promotion and protection of human rights among its core objectives.

Through its various political bodies, including the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and UN Human Rights Council (HRC), UN Member States make commitments on how they will protect freedom of expression at the national level, as well as agreeing collective action in response to the world’s most pressing human rights issues.

ARTICLE 19 shapes and ensures support for standard-setting initiatives on freedom of expression at the UN, informing our advocacy through the local and national human rights priorities of our regional offices and partners.   We leverage various UN human rights mechanisms to hold states to account for freedom of expression violations. This includes through the UNGA and HRC, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN special procedures, in particular the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, the treaty bodies, and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. In turn, our national advocacy work uses the obligations and commitments of States’ at the UN to drive local change.

12.12.2018 1 min read

Ethiopia: Joint UPR finds civic space remains constricted

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Global Compact for Migration positive for ensuring free expression, access to information, and inclusive public debate
10.12.2018 9 min read

Global Compact for Migration positive for ensuring free expression, access to information, and inclusive public debate

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Malaysia: UN rights review must accelerate progress on human rights reforms
30.11.2018 8 min read

Malaysia: UN rights review must accelerate progress on human rights reforms

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27.11.2018 4 min read

Senegal: States at UN call on government to protect of freedom of expression

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09.10.2018 1 min read

Senegal: UPR submission on freedom of expression issues

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21.09.2018 5 min read

HRC39: Oral statement on the adoption of Russia’s UPR outcome

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20.09.2018 5 min read

HRC39: Bangladesh adopts UPR amid deteriorating situation for rights to freedom of expression and information

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20.09.2018 4 min read

HRC39: Oral statement on adoption of Azerbaijan UPR

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UN must translate words into action on journalists’ safety
20.09.2018 7 min read

UN must translate words into action on journalists’ safety

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