17-18 October 2018
This seminar, co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo, will address the role which domestic human rights actors play within the United Nations (UN) human rights treaty body (TB) system.
Building on the various national stakeholders’ experiences in interacting with the system, the conference focused on the changes potentially brought about by the 2020 review of the system.
Ministerial representatives, independent state institutions (National Human Rights Institutions and Ombudspersons) and civil society organizations will share their experiences and discuss how to build a more effective United Nations UN human rights TB system for all stakeholders.
The first panel will address ways in which independent state institutions can improve interaction with the preparation, monitoring and follow-up of TB recommendations. Special attention will be given to viable options for strengthening and/or streamlining synergies between existing TB procedures, coordinating institutional structures within the State apparatus and amongst independent State institutions.
The second panel will focus on the ways in which civil society organizations can improve interaction with the preparation, monitoring and follow-up of TB recommendations. Special attention will be given to viable options for strengthening and/or streamlining synergies between existing TB procedures and civil society organizations.
The 2019 meetings focused on the rights of the child, corruption, the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies, missing persons, trafficking and prostitution, as well as individual complaints.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferre
Written by Miloon Kothari, President of UPR Info and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, it outlines a series of measures, inspired by the UPR, to strengthen the implementation of UN treaty bodies' concluding observations.
This book is the outcome of a six-month research fellowship at the Geneva Academy carried out by Eric Tistounet, Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
This short course analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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 contributes to this review process by providing expert input via different avenues, by facilitating dialogue on the review among various stakeholders, as well as by accompanying the development of a follow-up resolution to 68/268 in New York and in Geneva.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.