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.

International:  ARTICLE 19’s Annual Report 2020: meeting threats with resilience
04.05.2021 3 min read

International: ARTICLE 19’s Annual Report 2020: meeting threats with resilience

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Morocco: Candidacy to UN Human Rights Council not credible without human rights progress
21.04.2021 2 min read

Morocco: Candidacy to UN Human Rights Council not credible without human rights progress

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Event: Tackling online harassment and abuse against women journalists
30.03.2021 3 min read

Event: Tackling online harassment and abuse against women journalists

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Tanzania: Upcoming UPR must result in reforms for free expression
26.03.2021 2 min read

Tanzania: Upcoming UPR must result in reforms for free expression

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Tajikistan: Crackdowns on free speech ahead of upcoming UPR
26.03.2021 1 min read

Tajikistan: Crackdowns on free speech ahead of upcoming UPR

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Thailand: Third UPR must urge the Thai authorities to cease their assault on free expression
26.03.2021 2 min read

Thailand: Third UPR must urge the Thai authorities to cease their assault on free expression

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Thailand: Declining digital rights must be addressed in third UPR
25.03.2021 2 min read

Thailand: Declining digital rights must be addressed in third UPR

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HRC46: Advisory Committee must focus on human rights dimensions of counter-terrorism
18.03.2021 1 min read

HRC46: Advisory Committee must focus on human rights dimensions of counter-terrorism

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HRC46: UN Member States must protect the independence of Special Procedures
18.03.2021 3 min read

HRC46: UN Member States must protect the independence of Special Procedures

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