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.

UN: Include human rights safeguards in proposed UN Cybersecurity Treaty
13.01.2022 3 min read

UN: Include human rights safeguards in proposed UN Cybersecurity Treaty

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Togo: Press freedom threatened by arbitrary arrests of journalists
21.12.2021 7 min read

Togo: Press freedom threatened by arbitrary arrests of journalists

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Cambodia: Regression of UN freedom of expression commitments
14.12.2021 3 min read

Cambodia: Regression of UN freedom of expression commitments

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International: Pandemic Treaty must prioritise human rights
03.12.2021 2 min read

International: Pandemic Treaty must prioritise human rights

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Thailand: Accept and implement Universal Periodic Review recommendations
15.11.2021 11 min read

Thailand: Accept and implement Universal Periodic Review recommendations

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Jordan: Authorities must guarantee poet Zulaikha Abu Risha’s right to free expression
12.11.2021 9 min read

Jordan: Authorities must guarantee poet Zulaikha Abu Risha’s right to free expression

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Thailand: Universal Periodic Review highlights threats to free expression
11.11.2021 2 min read

Thailand: Universal Periodic Review highlights threats to free expression

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Turkey: International human rights law training for lawyers
10.11.2021 1 min read

Turkey: International human rights law training for lawyers

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International: COP26 is a call to action on transparency
01.11.2021 7 min read

International: COP26 is a call to action on transparency

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