13-17 November 2018
Chaired by Micheline Calmy-Rey, former President of the Swiss Confederation and visiting professor at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, the Human Rights Week is organized in collaboration with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Geneva Academy.
The 2018 edition will notably focus on the protection of human rights in the digital age.
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will discuss the complex daily challenges the world is facing in a public lecture on ‘Human rights in a new era’, on Wednesday, 14 November.
The lecture will be preceded on Tuesday, 13 November by an opening roundtable on ‘Being a Human Rights Defender in 2018’
This year’s edition also includes:
You can find here the programme of Human Rights Week.
Our Director, Professor Marco Sassòli, will chair a panel on 15 November at 11:00 am on the challenges of cybersecurity for human rights.
Our new publication Gang Violence in Colombia, Mexico and El Salvador analyses three case studies of countries – Colombia, Mexico and El Salvador – that have stood out for their elevated rate of violence, violent homicides and criminal activities linked to confrontations between state forces and armed gangs or between armed gangs themselves.
Reports submitted by states in the context of the review of UN Treaty Bodies highlight wide support to the recommendations presented in our publication Optimizing the UN Treaty Bodies System.
This public conference will discuss the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants in Europe and its contribution to the SDGs and the UN Decade of Family Farming.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.