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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 to consider third resolution on a moratorium on executions

28 October 2010

The 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) considers a resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

Action needed to investigate a decade of crimes in DRC

1 October 2010

A UN mapping report documenting gross human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a significant first step but concrete action is needed to bring perpetrators to justice.

ICC should decide on Gaza conflict investigation

27 September 2010

An independent report highlights the continuing failure of both the Israeli and Hamas authorities to investigate violations of international law documented by the UN over a year ago.

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.

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.