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: Counter-terrorism measures must uphold human rights
01.07.2021 5 min read

UN: Counter-terrorism measures must uphold human rights

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UN: Human Rights Council must progress standards on free expression
21.06.2021 11 min read

UN: Human Rights Council must progress standards on free expression

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UN: Tackling corruption through transparency
03.06.2021 5 min read

UN: Tackling corruption through transparency

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Event: Sustainable Development Goals and the fight against corruption
02.06.2021 2 min read

Event: Sustainable Development Goals and the fight against corruption

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KENYA: Harmonise legal framework on free expression with ICCPR recommendations
28.05.2021 13 min read

KENYA: Harmonise legal framework on free expression with ICCPR recommendations

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International: ARTICLE 19’s Annual Report 2020: meeting threats with resilience
04.05.2021 3 min read

International: ARTICLE 19’s Annual Report 2020: meeting threats with resilience

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Morocco: Candidacy to UN Human Rights Council not credible without human rights progress
21.04.2021 2 min read

Morocco: Candidacy to UN Human Rights Council not credible without human rights progress

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Event: Tackling online harassment and abuse against women journalists
30.03.2021 3 min read

Event: Tackling online harassment and abuse against women journalists

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Tanzania: Upcoming UPR must result in reforms for free expression
26.03.2021 2 min read

Tanzania: Upcoming UPR must result in reforms for free expression

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