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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 Security Council must take action over Syria bloodshed

1 August 2011

The UN must take urgent action to stop the escalating violence against protesters in Syria, which amounts to crimes against humanity.

Detained UN worker at risk of torture in Sudan

19 July 2011

A UN worker in Darfur is at risk of torture and ill-treatment after the Sudanese intelligence agency detained and charged him.

Arms trade fuels violations in Sudan conflict

8 July 2011

As countries gather for talks on a global Arms Trade Treaty, evidence has emerged about arms shipments fueling violations in Southern Kordofan.

Court rules Netherlands responsible for three Srebrenica deaths

5 July 2011

A Dutch court ruling holds peacekeeping troops to account for the deaths of three men in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Côte d’Ivoire: Dozens of Gbagbo supporters detained without charge

22 June 2011

More than 50 people are being held in arbitrary detention in Côte d’Ivoire following the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo.

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.