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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 puts human rights at heart of historic Arms Trade Treaty

2 April 2013

The UN has adopted a new treaty that will prohibit states from transferring arms when they know they will be used to commit or facilitate genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.

UN: Iran, North Korea and Syria cynically block lifesaving arms treaty

28 March 2013

In a deeply cynical move, Iran, North Korea and Syria have stalled an Arms Trade Treaty aimed at prohibiting states from transferring arms to countries commiting serious abuses.

‘Keep up international pressure against abuses in Syria’

26 March 2013

As the League of Arab States met in Qatar and BRICS nations met in South Africa, Amnesty International called for global pressure on all parties in the Syrian conflict to abide by international human rights law.

UN: States must urgently shore up ‘serious deficiencies’ in draft arms treaty text

25 March 2013

Serious deficiencies in a new draft Arms Trade Treaty text would fail to prevent arms transfers to countries where they could be used to commit or facilitate summary and arbitrary killings, torture and enforced disappearances.

Arms proliferation and abuse shatter communities in Côte d'Ivoire

20 March 2013

A new Amnesty International report says that reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China continue to fuel grave human rights abuses in the country.

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.