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.

15.06.2018 2 min read

HRC38 event: Violence and abuse against women on social media platforms

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Human Rights Council 38: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?
15.06.2018 17 min read

Human Rights Council 38: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?

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11.04.2018 5 min read

Russia and Azerbaijan: Serious deterioration in freedom of expression on- and offline ahead of UPR

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Malaysia:  Civil society organisations decry silencing of critical voices in UPR submission
05.04.2018 4 min read

Malaysia: Civil society organisations decry silencing of critical voices in UPR submission

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05.04.2018 2 min read

Malaysia: Joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review

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26.03.2018 3 min read

UN: Welcoming the appointment of the new UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly and association

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23.03.2018 5 min read

UNHRC 37: Iran must cooperate with Special Rapporteur following renewal of mandate

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WSIS Forum: Take Iran to task on its human rights failures online
21.03.2018 7 min read

WSIS Forum: Take Iran to task on its human rights failures online

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Myanmar: HRC must act on dehumanising ‘hate speech’ and criminalisation of journalists
19.03.2018 4 min read

Myanmar: HRC must act on dehumanising ‘hate speech’ and criminalisation of journalists

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