This briefing of the Geneva Human Rights Platform, co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Switzerland to the United Nations (UN) in New York will discuss options and positions towards the 2020 treaty body (TB) review. Held in form of an open discussion with short inputs from different stakeholders, it will update the New York-based diplomatic community about processes and inputs towards the 2020 review.
In 2014, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted resolution A/RES/68/268 on strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the TB system. Two aspects of the resolution ensure accountability in its implementation: the biennial report of the UN Secretary-General on the state of the TB system and the 2020 review by the UNGA. The 2020 horizon presents an opportunity to further reflect on the Treaty Body System’s future and to develop innovative proposals and solutions without weakening the human rights protection the Treaty Body System currently affords.
Leading up to this 2020 review, States and other stakeholders have submitted proposals for strengthening the TB system to inform the third and final report of the UNSG. Among TB members, numerous discussions have taken place and positions are forming.
In this interview, Nana Kruashvili, who is enrolled in our Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Our Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Senior Research Fellow Dr Christophe Golay participated this summer in a series of conferences and training courses on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
Panelists will discuss the struggle of Sednaya's former detainees for justice and accountability, and explore the role of current justice and redress initiatives in the contexts of universal jurisdiction and in the documentation of violations.
From its adoption to its content and implementation, this training course provides a comprehensive overview of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants, as well as tools to protect and promote the rights of peasants, rural women, fisher, pastoralist and nomadic communities, as well as agricultural workers.
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.
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.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.