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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

DR Congo: Protect civilians after deadly shelling attack in and around Goma

23 August 2013

Warring parties in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo must step up efforts to protect civilians from attacks.

Nigeria becomes first African nation to ratify Arms Trade Treaty

14 August 2013

Nigeria’s ratification of the landmark global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Tuesday is a welcome move that should pave the way for more African nations to get behind the treaty.

The long journey towards an Arms Trade Treaty

5 June 2013

Sometimes a simple but potentially revolutionary idea can change the world for the better. But it often takes a crisis to galvanize people to take action, and that's how the idea for a global Arms Trade Treaty was born.

Independent report confirms need for Syria to be referred to ICC

4 June 2013

Today’s International Commission of Inquiry report on Syria’s grave human rights situation is yet further evidence to prompt the UN Security Council to refer the situation to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said.

Political leaders challenged to deliver on Arms Trade Treaty promises

3 June 2013

As 67 states signed the landmark Arms Trade Treaty, Amnesty International today challenged governments to deliver on their promises to rapidly and rigorously implement the treaty.

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.