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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 urged to extend Gaza investigation

13 February 2009

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has been urged to broaden an investigation of attacks on UN installations in Gaza.

Clone of UN urged to extend Gaza investigation

13 February 2009

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has been urged to broaden an investigation of attacks on UN installations in Gaza.

Mexican government's report to UN fails to acknowledge human rights reality

9 February 2009

The report, submitted to the Human Rights Council, also fails to acknowledge that the Mexican government's policies are frequently not implemented or lack impact.

Chinese government report to UN Human Rights Council "whitewashes abuses"

6 February 2009

Amnesty International has said that the Chinese government’s report to the UN Universal Periodic Review whitewashes serious human rights abuses being committed

UN review must deliver on human rights

3 February 2009

The human rights records of 16 countries are up for review at the fourth session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group in Geneva.

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.