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.

Iran: UN fact-finding mission a crucial step for justice and accountability
24.11.2022 3 min read

Iran: UN fact-finding mission a crucial step for justice and accountability

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Iran: Calls for UN independent investigations into human rights abuses
24.11.2022 3 min read

Iran: Calls for UN independent investigations into human rights abuses

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Eastern Africa: Governments must do more to protect journalists
02.11.2022 6 min read

Eastern Africa: Governments must do more to protect journalists

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Kenya: A coalition to address content moderation and promote free speech
27.10.2022 11 min read

Kenya: A coalition to address content moderation and promote free speech

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‘The survival right’: freedom of expression in armed conflicts
19.10.2022 5 min read

‘The survival right’: freedom of expression in armed conflicts

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UN: Highlights from the 51st Session of the Human Rights Council
14.10.2022 10 min read

UN: Highlights from the 51st Session of the Human Rights Council

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Vietnam: Human Rights Council candidacy demands human rights progress
11.10.2022 10 min read

Vietnam: Human Rights Council candidacy demands human rights progress

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UN: New strong resolution on the safety of journalists
10.10.2022 10 min read

UN: New strong resolution on the safety of journalists

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Cambodia: Meet UN benchmarks ahead of elections
06.10.2022 2 min read

Cambodia: Meet UN benchmarks ahead of elections

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