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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

Libya: Targeted sanctions and accountability crucial to ending spiralling war crimes in Benghazi

28 January 2015

Targeted UN sanctions and accountability are urgently needed to end rampant abductions, torture, summary killings and other abuses by rival forces in Libya.

‘Another way to deal with mass atrocities’ – one lawyer’s role in the Arms Trade Treaty

24 December 2014

With the global Arms Trade Treaty entering into force this week, Amnesty International spoke to Clare da Silva, a lawyer who assisted the organization with legal and policy advice over many years through to the treaty negotiations at the United Nations.

Q&A: Global Arms Trade Treaty enters into force

22 December 2014

 On 24 December 2014, the Arms Trade Treaty is officially becoming international law, which could save the lives of millions.

Arms Trade Treaty marks historic breakthrough for human rights after two-decade campaign

22 December 2014

The global Arms Trade Treaty enters into force on 24 December, marking a breakthrough for human rights after more than two decades of campaigning by Amnesty International and its NGO partners around the world. 

UN: ‘Virtual stampede’ of states rush to join Arms Trade Treaty

19 December 2014

A flurry of activity by UN member states to sign and ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty before it enters into force next week is another clear sign of the overwhelming support for this historic move to rein in the irresponsible international arms trade.

 

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.