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.

Online event: Special Rapporteurs launch the 2021 Joint Declaration
14.10.2021 3 min read

Online event: Special Rapporteurs launch the 2021 Joint Declaration

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North Korea: Joint open letter on the appalling human rights situation
10.10.2021 8 min read

North Korea: Joint open letter on the appalling human rights situation

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Cambodia: UN must increase scrutiny of human rights crackdown
07.10.2021 3 min read

Cambodia: UN must increase scrutiny of human rights crackdown

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Cuba: Human rights crisis demands UN action
27.09.2021 2 min read

Cuba: Human rights crisis demands UN action

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Myanmar: UN High Commissioner must examine free expression violations in ongoing investigation
24.09.2021 2 min read

Myanmar: UN High Commissioner must examine free expression violations in ongoing investigation

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Myanmar: Ongoing mass detentions and surveillance of civil society
24.09.2021 2 min read

Myanmar: Ongoing mass detentions and surveillance of civil society

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Belarus: UN addresses continued human rights crisis
24.09.2021 2 min read

Belarus: UN addresses continued human rights crisis

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Malaysia: Government must respect human rights as it seeks UN Human Rights Council membership
17.09.2021 18 min read

Malaysia: Government must respect human rights as it seeks UN Human Rights Council membership

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UN: Action to protect the right to privacy among key priorities at the Human Rights Council
14.09.2021 8 min read

UN: Action to protect the right to privacy among key priorities at the Human Rights Council

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