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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

USA set to sign Arms Trade Treaty

24 September 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to sign the Arms Trade Treaty at the UN General Assembly this week.

UN Millennium Development Goals: Human rights must not be marginalized in post-2015 agenda

23 September 2013

World leaders risk deepening inequalities, discrimination and injustice if human rights remain side-lined in the post-2015 development agenda.

UN: Demand al-Bashir’s surrender to the International Criminal Court

20 September 2013

Member states of the United Nations General Assembly must demand that Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir surrender to the International Criminal Court.

Syria: Chemical weapons deal 'positive', but must be only first step

14 September 2013

Amnesty International welcomes steps announced today which would pave the way for Syria’s chemical weapons to be placed under international control and destroyed.  

Netherlands Supreme Court hands down historic judgment over Srebrenica genocide

6 September 2013

A Dutch Supreme Court judgment finding the state liable for the deaths of three Muslim men amid the Srebrenica genocide marks a significant victory in the decades-long search for accountability.

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.