Category Archives: UN

Youth voices rising at international meeting in New York

Half the world’s population is under the age of 25. At 1.8 billion, this is the largest youth population in history, and here at the UN Commission on Population and Development, says Amnesty’s Sarah Atkinson, youth from around the world … Continue reading

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Counting bodies in the Central African Republic

  By Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International The body of a 10-year-old boy, shot dead, whose hand had been cut off with a machete. The remains of the sons of a 76-year-old man who narrowly escaped … Continue reading

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Can the UN get Sri Lanka to #TellTheTruth?

Activists have fought tirelessly to keep Sri Lanka’s human rights crisis on the international agenda. Their courage and persistence could finally be paying off. By Yolanda Foster from Amnesty International’s Sri Lanka team People who have suffered human rights abuses … Continue reading

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Prevention is better than cure

By Alberto Estévez, Advocacy Coordinator on the Arms Trade Treaty, International Secretariat of Amnesty International It’s crunch time for human rights. On Friday evening New York time the second draft of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was made public in … Continue reading

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Are states getting cold feet as Arms Trade Treaty talks heat up?

By Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International As the first week draws to a close at the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations being held at the UN in New York, there is a chill in … Continue reading

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