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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

Building trust and respect for human rights

28 January 2009

Those who watched Barack Obama take office on 20 January were part of a far-reaching celebration of the once seemingly impossible becoming reality.

Obama - a chance to build respect for human rights

28 January 2009

In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama rejected as "false" the choice between safety and respect for human rights.

Firm action urged to ensure accountability in Gaza conflict

12 January 2009

Amnesty International has written to the United Nations Security Council calling for the establishment of full accountability for crimes committed in Gaza conflict a

Amnesty International calls for an immediate humanitarian truce in Gaza

7 January 2009

UN Security Council urged to demand that Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups observe an immediate truce to allow desperately needed humanitarian assistance to

Growing calls for end to executions at UN

18 December 2008

Over one hundred countries voted overwhelmingly in favour of a second resolution on "Moratorium on the use of the death penalty" at the United Nations on T

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.