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.

International annual report 2018: Defending freedom of expression and information around the world
14.05.2019 1 min read

International annual report 2018: Defending freedom of expression and information around the world

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Iran: Worsening situation for free expression must be addressed in upcoming UPR
30.04.2019 9 min read

Iran: Worsening situation for free expression must be addressed in upcoming UPR

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26.03.2019 4 min read

Myanmar: UN Secretary-General must ensure open and transparent review of UN operations

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25.03.2019 12 min read

HRC40: Joint NGO end of session statement

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15.03.2019 2 min read

HRC40: Oral statement for debate on countering nationalist populism

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15.03.2019 3 min read

HRC40: Oral statement on Myanmar’s UPR Implementation

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15.03.2019 5 min read

HRC40: Oral statement on the adoption of Malta’s UPR

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14.03.2019 7 min read

Malaysia: Fulfill UPR commitments, end attacks on freedom of expression

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12.03.2019 7 min read

HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders

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