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.

11.09.2018 3 min read

HRC39: Oral statement in response to the report of the High Commissioner

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HRC39: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?
10.09.2018 15 min read

HRC39: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?

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Myanmar: International community must act to support accountability and human rights
28.08.2018 7 min read

Myanmar: International community must act to support accountability and human rights

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Free speech at the UN HRC: Mapping State support for freedom of expression
17.08.2018 15 min read

Free speech at the UN HRC: Mapping State support for freedom of expression

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14.08.2018 5 min read

UN: Robust leadership from new human rights chief needed to protect free expression

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10.08.2018 16 min read

HRC38: States push forward on free expression despite opposition

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Cambodia: Ruling party claims victory in sham election marked by vicious crackdown on freedom of expression
02.08.2018 4 min read

Cambodia: Ruling party claims victory in sham election marked by vicious crackdown on freedom of expression

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01.08.2018 1 min read

Cambodia: Joint UPR submission on threats to freedom of expression

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17.07.2018 8 min read

UNHRC: Action needed to safeguard civic space within international organisations

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