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.

Israel: ICJ orders end to Rafah offensive and access to Gaza for fact-finding missions
24.05.2024 3 min read

Israel: ICJ orders end to Rafah offensive and access to Gaza for fact-finding missions

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Jordan: New amendments miss opportunity to protect right to information
23.05.2024 6 min read

Jordan: New amendments miss opportunity to protect right to information

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UN: The Global Digital Compact and civil societies
15.05.2024 5 min read

UN: The Global Digital Compact and civil societies

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ARTICLE 19 welcomes the 2024 Joint Declaration on Climate Crisis and Freedom of Expression
03.05.2024 7 min read

ARTICLE 19 welcomes the 2024 Joint Declaration on Climate Crisis and Freedom of Expression

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UN: Building the Pact for the Future
18.04.2024 2 min read

UN: Building the Pact for the Future

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UN: Highlights from the 55th Session of the Human Rights Council
12.04.2024 7 min read

UN: Highlights from the 55th Session of the Human Rights Council

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UN: AI resolution must prioritise human rights and sustainable development
11.04.2024 9 min read

UN: AI resolution must prioritise human rights and sustainable development

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Iran: Digital freedom and protest in the UN’s Fact-Finding Mission report
02.04.2024 7 min read

Iran: Digital freedom and protest in the UN’s Fact-Finding Mission report

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UN: Momentum growing for a woman Secretary-General 
27.03.2024 8 min read

UN: Momentum growing for a woman Secretary-General 

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