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Human rights diplomacy is everybody’s business. Make your voice count at the UN: join Amnesty International’s UN campaigns!

The UN is essential to ensuring accountability by member states for their human rights obligations and commitments. The UN is also a key platform for the development of international human rights laws and standards.

Amnesty International campaigns to put human rights violations on the UN agenda and makes recommendations for action by member states and UN institutions to protect human rights in all countries. Amnesty International also works to strengthen the effectiveness of the UN human rights machinery.

 

News and Updates

UN vote boosts support for a global moratorium on the death penalty

21 November 2014

The vast majority of the world’s countries today threw their weight behind a UN General Assembly resolution to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty globally, Amnesty International said.

‘No safe haven for torturers’ – The rocky road to the Convention against Torture

19 November 2014

30 years ago the world adopted the Convention against Torture, a ground-breaking document that became instrumental in the fight for justice. Sir Nigel Rodley remembers some of the key moments that made it become a reality.

North Korea: UN vote a crucial step to ensure perpetrators of crimes against humanity face justice

18 November 2014

A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice.

USA should use UN hearing to address ‘shocking accountability gap’ on torture

12 November 2014

The USA should use its appearance before the UN Committee against Torture to commit itself to justice for the grave human rights violations—including torture and enforced disappearances—committed by US personnel.

 

Central African Republic: UN credibility at stake amid rising attacks against civilians

6 November 2014

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic must take bold measures to protect civilians amid an escalating wave of sectarian attacks in the central regions of the country, said Amnesty International after visiting some of the most affected areas. 

Video and Audio

Video: The Price of Silence global musical mosaic

10 December 2008

The Price of Silence is a global musical mosaic that powerfully delivers on the message that human rights begin at home and that people world-wide are united in figh

Video: Sixty years of human rights failure

27 May 2008

Amnesty International has challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.

Video: How things could change

24 October 2008

How things could change if those who suffered violations of their Economic, Social and Cultural rights could get redress.