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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

Report 2010: Global justice gap condemns millions to abuse

27 May 2010

Amnesty International's annual assessment of the state of the world's human rights, details abuses in 159 countries and shows how power politics are worsening the situation.

Australia asylum suspension could harm world's most vulnerable

9 April 2010

The government has begun a blanket suspension of the assessment of new claims by Afghan and Sri Lankan nationals.

Israel and Hamas urged to co-operate with UN committee on Gaza conflict

26 March 2010

Independent experts will monitor domestic investigations into war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

Timor-Leste President would support international tribunal

8 March 2010

The President of Timor-Leste has told Amnesty International he would support the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for crimes committed during the 1975-1999 conflict with Indonesia, should the UN Security Council set it up.

UN forces must remain in the Democratic Republic of Congo

5 March 2010

As attacks on the civilian population and humanitarian agencies continue, the government has requested that MONUC, the UN peacekeeping mission, withdraws from the country by June 2011.

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.