Corruption is one of the major impediments causing individuals to be denied the full enjoyment of their rights as enshrined in the United Nations (UN) human rights instruments. There has been long consideration given to the impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights and acknowledgement that corruption ‘both drives human rights abuses and hinders the effective discharge of human rights obligations’.
The UN Convention against Corruption has proven to be an important instrument governing the international fight against corruption. However, there have been discussions amongst stakeholders on the need to address corruption-related human rights issues. There is a growing recognition on the serious impediment’s corruption-related acts have on the enjoyment and fulfilment of human rights obligations. In March 2019, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture published a report examining the relationship between corruption and torture or ill-treatment, outlining the predominant patterns of interaction between the two, systemic root causes and recommendations.
Since 2018, there has been a significant improvement in the way UN treaty bodies have addressed the issue of corruption in their work: there is greater awareness, corruption is increasingly linked to other human rights violations and mentioned in more countries. In order to keep improving this work, UN human rights mechanisms also need to receive information and reports on the issue of corruption.
In order to encourage anti-corruption groups and movements to use the UN human rights framework at their disposal, the CCPR Centre, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Geneva Academy developed a Practitioners’ Guide on Human Rights and Countering Corruption. This guide focuses notably on how UN human rights mechanisms can be better used to report on corruption issues, and it provides guidance as well as practical recommendations on effectively integrating human rights into anti-corruption efforts. The guide will be presented during this side-event.
On the occasion of the launch of the guide, this panel, co-organized with the CCPR Centre, OHCHR and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will explore innovative practical ideas on how best to address corruption-related human rights issues within the UN human rights framework.
A two-day online expert meeting on gender-responsive cities closed last week a series of three online conferences on inclusive cities aimed at informing UN-Habitat Strategic Plan for 2020-2023.
Online event on zoom
Albeit the challenging COVID-19 times and a programme that is entirely online since March, students of our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law continued their rich social life and extracurricular activities online.
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The 2020 Annual Conference will focus on the connectivity between regional and global human rights mechanisms and relevant links with national systems, as well as on the effectiveness of these interactions in a number of policy areas.
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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.
This online short course will examine the protection afforded by international human rights law in these contexts, with a specific focus on the right to peaceful assembly – which is at the heart of such movements –, and the right to life – which is often violated during such transitional moments.
We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.
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