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.

11.09.2019 3 min read

HRC42: Council action needed on internet shutdowns

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Turkey: Joint letter urges UN Human Rights Council to address crackdown against journalists
10.09.2019 11 min read

Turkey: Joint letter urges UN Human Rights Council to address crackdown against journalists

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06.09.2019 8 min read

Myanmar: Joint Letter to UN Secretary-General on Rosenthal Report

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UN HRC42: action to protect privacy and address artificial intelligence among key priorities
06.09.2019 15 min read

UN HRC42: action to protect privacy and address artificial intelligence among key priorities

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30.08.2019 14 min read

Joint Letter: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session

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Yemen: Over 75 organisations call for mandate of Group of Eminent Experts to be renewed, emphasising violations against human rights defenders
20.08.2019 9 min read

Yemen: Over 75 organisations call for mandate of Group of Eminent Experts to be renewed, emphasising violations against human rights defenders

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29.07.2019 3 min read

Kyrgyzstan: Threats to free expression must be addressed in UPR

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25.07.2019 1 min read

UNCTAD: ARTICLE 19 joins the 18th Intergovernmental Group of Experts’ meeting

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12.07.2019 1 min read

Kazakhstan: UPR submission on threats to freedom of expression

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