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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

Colombia: Peace talks fail to stop human rights abuses ahead of UN review

25 March 2014

Colombia’s government is failing to address the country’s critical human rights situation said Amnesty International today ahead of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ annual review of the country.

China: Attempt to block tribute to rights activist at UN ‘an insulting ploy’

20 March 2014

The Chinese government’s attempt to block a tribute by the UN Human Rights Council to Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights activist, who died in detention is disgraceful, said Amnesty International.  

Sri Lankan government amplifies its ‘dirty tactics’ during UN session

19 March 2014

The Sri Lankan government’s ongoing dirty tactics to silence and smear dissidents are a brazen attempt to deflect criticism as the country faces fresh scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Amnesty International said today.

UN: Mexico must address dire human rights situation with concrete actions not rhetoric

19 March 2014

Mexico must put into action the promises it makes to the United Nations Human Rights Council tomorrow if it is to address the dire human rights situation in the country.

Saudi Arabia must back concessions on human rights with action

19 March 2014

Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination. 

 

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.