Online: 17:00–18:15 Geneva time (CET), 11:00–12:15 New York time (EST)
The states parties to the various international human rights treaties nominate and elect treaty body (TB) members from among their nationals. The nominations are compiled by the UN Secretary-General who submits them for consideration to all the states parties to a specific treaty.
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 68/268 (paragraph 13), when nominating independent experts for committee elections, States are encouraged to give due consideration to:
The resolution also reaffirms the importance of the independence and impartiality of members of the human rights treaty bodies (paragraph 35). All elected members serve in their personal capacity. Underlining the need for independence and impartiality, but also qualification of members, in June 2012, the UN TB Chairs discussed and endorsed the Addis Ababa Guidelines on the independence and impartiality of members of UN TBs.
This discussion – co-organized by our Geneva Human Rights Platform with GQUAL, TB-Net, the International Service for Human Rights, the International Disability Alliance and the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Switzerland to the UN in Geneva – will look into election processes for UN TBs, the concrete impact of Feminist Foreign Policy on the nomination and election of TB members, what can we learn from fellow international mechanisms, as well as the inclusion of a vetting process for TBs.
Via its DHRTTDs Directory, the Geneva Human Rights Platform provides a comprehensive list and description of such key tools and databases. But how to navigate them? Which tool should be used for what, and by whom? This interview helps us understand better the specificities of the November highlight of the directory: SIMORE Plus.
In November, our Geneva Human Rights Platform – in partnership with the Pacific Community and the Commonwealth Secretariat – conducted its third and final UN human rights treaty body follow-up review pilot in Nadi, Fiji.
This one-night-only film screening of The Recovery Channel will dissect this intersection and address the human rights violations witnessed in today's mental health care system and practices.
This training course will examine how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have been utilized to advance the concept of business respect for human rights throughout the UN system, the impact of the Guiding Principles on other international organizations, as well as the impact of standards and guidance developed by these different bodies.
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.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform collaborates with a series of actors to reflect on the implementation of international human rights norms at the local level and propose solutions to improve uptake of recommendations and decisions taken by Geneva-based human rights bodies at the local level.