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.

Spain: Government should accept all UN UPR recommendations on freedom of expression
28.01.2020 5 min read

Spain: Government should accept all UN UPR recommendations on freedom of expression

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UN: Commitments on paper to protect journalists not enough
16.01.2020 11 min read

UN: Commitments on paper to protect journalists not enough

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25.11.2019 10 min read

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Condemn Systematic Violations of Fundamental Freedoms in Hong Kong & Police Violence

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05.11.2019 2 min read

Gambia: States must act at UPR to protect expression

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Ending impunity: Guide to acting on UN standards on the safety of journalists
02.11.2019 3 min read

Ending impunity: Guide to acting on UN standards on the safety of journalists

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24.10.2019 4 min read

UNGA: Protect human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

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24.10.2019 11 min read

UNGA: Joint letter on protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

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24.10.2019 1 min read

Iran: UPR must result in a strong call to address human rights violations

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UNGA: Leaders must act on calls to tackle hate and protect rights
26.09.2019 5 min read

UNGA: Leaders must act on calls to tackle hate and protect rights

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