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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

Salil Shetty: Human rights are key to MDG success

23 September 2010

The Millennium Development Goals can only be met if government's work to uphold the rights of the world's poorest, Amnesty International's Secretary General warns world leaders at the United Nations.

MDG Summit: World leaders fail to uphold rights of the poorest

22 September 2010

Amnesty International's Secretary General says it is unacceptable that world leaders have still not agreed to address discrimination and other human rights violations against those most vulnerable.

Feature: African activists tell of struggle to improve maternal health

20 September 2010

Activists and medical workers in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso tell Amnesty International that world leaders need to put human rights at the heart of efforts to combat maternal mortality in Africa…

Governments urged to do more to prevent women dying in pregnancy and childbirth

16 September 2010

New UN figures show that the annual rate of decline in maternal mortality is less than half of that needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal target of a 75 per cent reduction between 1990 and 2015.

Japan urged to protect right to protest after anti-whaling activists convicted

7 September 2010

Two men from Greenpeace found guilty of theft and trespass and sentenced to one-year jail terms, suspended for three years.

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.