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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

UN must act now on Sri Lanka war crimes report

26 April 2011

A UN report out today gives credibility to claims that both sides committed war crimes in Sri Lanka's civil war.

UN report on Sri Lanka conflict must be made public

12 April 2011

A UN report on accountability for war crimes committed in the Sri Lankan armed conflict must be made public, Amnesty International said as a panel of experts submit their findings to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

UN peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire must protect civilians caught in fighting

29 March 2011

As many as 10,000 displaced civilians are sheltering in a Catholic Mission in the town of Duékoué amid fierce fighting, 3km from the UN forces' camp.

UN to monitor human rights situation in Iran

25 March 2011

The decision comes amid concern at mass human rights violations committed during an ongoing crackdown on dissent and an increased use of the death penalty.

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.