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.

HRC44: Interactive dialogue with the UN High Commissioner
02.07.2020 3 min read

HRC44: Interactive dialogue with the UN High Commissioner

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HRC44: Freedom of expression high on the agenda
30.06.2020 11 min read

HRC44: Freedom of expression high on the agenda

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Djibouti: Intimidation of protesters and journalists must end
24.06.2020 3 min read

Djibouti: Intimidation of protesters and journalists must end

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ARTICLE 19 welcomes the Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Elections in the Digital Age
30.04.2020 8 min read

ARTICLE 19 welcomes the Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Elections in the Digital Age

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Online Event: Join Special Rapporteurs in the launch of the 2020 Joint Declaration
22.04.2020 2 min read

Online Event: Join Special Rapporteurs in the launch of the 2020 Joint Declaration

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Kazakhstan: Legal reforms essential to protect expression   
07.04.2020 4 min read

Kazakhstan: Legal reforms essential to protect expression  

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Iran: Act on UPR and end repression of dissent
19.03.2020 8 min read

Iran: Act on UPR and end repression of dissent

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HRC43: Oral statement during Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Iran
09.03.2020 2 min read

HRC43: Oral statement during Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Iran

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Selection and appointment criteria for a new UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression
09.03.2020 1 min read

Selection and appointment criteria for a new UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression

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