United Nations

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.

Turkey: Urgent action letter to UN Special Rapporteurs on the failure of Turkey to carry out a genuine investigation into the killing of Tahir Elci
02.03.2021 5 min read

Turkey: Urgent action letter to UN Special Rapporteurs on the failure of Turkey to carry out a genuine investigation into the killing of Tahir Elci

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UN: Advisory Committee must keep human rights at the heart of its counter terrorism work
01.03.2021 4 min read

UN: Advisory Committee must keep human rights at the heart of its counter terrorism work

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HRC46: Deterioration for free expression worldwide
26.02.2021 3 min read

HRC46: Deterioration for free expression worldwide

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HRC46: UN must take further action on Belarus
25.02.2021 2 min read

HRC46: UN must take further action on Belarus

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MENA: Release of Khashoggi papers indicate first steps towards ending impunity
24.02.2021 4 min read

MENA: Release of Khashoggi papers indicate first steps towards ending impunity

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Joint Call for a Global Arms Embargo on Myanmar
24.02.2021 9 min read

Joint Call for a Global Arms Embargo on Myanmar

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HRC46: UN must speak out and mobilise action against human rights violations
22.02.2021 11 min read

HRC46: UN must speak out and mobilise action against human rights violations

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UN: Urgent Action on Myanmar
12.02.2021 1 min read

UN: Urgent Action on Myanmar

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Human Rights Council: Countries Should Take Bold Action on Egypt Monitoring, Tough Message on Dire Rights Situation Long Overdue
09.02.2021 5 min read

Human Rights Council: Countries Should Take Bold Action on Egypt Monitoring, Tough Message on Dire Rights Situation Long Overdue

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