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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 misses opportunity to protect Ivorian population

24 December 2010

Amnesty International welcomes the readiness of the Human Rights Council to respond to the human rights emergency in Côte d’Ivoire but regrets that the Council has missed the opportunity to prevent further serious human rights violations and abuses.

Australia's new Afghan prisoner policy could violate international law

14 December 2010

Australia's new policy to transfer prisoners it holds in Afghanistan to Afghan and United States forces could put detainees at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

New video evidence of alleged Sri Lankan war crimes requires UN investigation

9 December 2010

Footage aired by a UK news programme allegedly shows evidence of war crimes by Sri Lankan soldiers in the closing days of the war.

Morocco urged to investigate deaths in Western Sahara protest camp

11 November 2010

Deaths and injuries occurred during a security forces operation to forcibly removal of thousands of people from the camp near Laayoune, Western Sahara.

UN votes once again to end executions

11 November 2010

The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee today adopted a resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, the third since 2007.

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.