Past Events

November 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holding a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster in French. Event

70 years Universal Declaration of Human Rights – A Time for Concern or Celebration?

15-16 October 2018

This conference in Berlin will discuss the significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today.

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Hands typing on a laptop Event

The Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association Online

11-12 October 2018

A Geneva Human Rights Platform consultation with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, civil society representatives and academics.

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Central African Republic, Bouca, 2013. Some houses near the Catholic Mission were recently burnt. Event

Tactics for Accountability for Abuses in War

8 October 2018, 18:30-20:00

Human rights advocates talk about the challenges they face and the tactics they use in documenting and reporting human rights violations and securing justice for victims in conflict.

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Members of an Afghan and coalition security force collected a cache of weapons during a security clearance of a known Haqqani Network foreign fighter encampment site. During the clearance over 50 insurgents were killed. Paktika province, Afghanistan, July IHL Talks

Arms Transfer to Conflict-Prone Regions: IHL and Human Rights Criteria under the Arms Trade Treaty

4 October 2018, 12:15-14:00

This IHL Talk will focus on the major challenges in the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty as well as on the opportunities it offers to halt the transfer of weapons when they could be used to violate IHL and IHRL.

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An U.S. Special Forces soldier assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan fires a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle system after receiving small-arms fire during a clearance of Denasaro Kelay village in Mizan district, Zabul province, Military Briefings

The Impact of International Human Rights Law on Military Operations

27 September 2018, 18:30-20:00

This Military Briefing will give a military perspective on the impact of international human rights law on military operations, focusing particularly on the British experience in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo, Walikale, people walk on a street during th 2011 presidential elections. Event

Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals

26 September 2018, 18:30-20:00

This public conference provides an opportunity to discuss the contributions of UN human rights mechanisms to the monitoring of the SDGs that seek to realize ESCR and their collaboration with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.&am

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Elisabeth Decrey Warner in discussion with representatives of armed non-state actors Event

Utility and Limits of International Law for Protecting Persons Affected by Armed Conflict

24 September 2018, 18:00-20:00

In this opening lecture of the academic year, Elisabeth Decrey Warner will share her experience, as Co-Founder and Former Executive President of Geneva Call, of promoting respect of international humanitarian law by armed non-state actors.

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A sign outside of the General Assembly building highlights the hash tag for attendees to use to promote the seventy-third session's debate. Improvised Explosive Devices

2018 Platform Meeting: Defining the Scope of the UN General Assembly Resolution on Improvised Explosive Devices

13 September 2018

With the view of connecting discussions on improvised explosive devices (IEDs)  in Geneva and New York, the 2018 platform meeting will discuss the scope of the 2018 UN General Assembly resolution on IEDs.

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Rights, Faith and Fights: Armed Non-State Actors and Contemporary Conflicts

31 August 2018, 12:30-14:00

As the second in a series of talks on IHL brought to you by the UN Library Geneva in collaboration with the Geneva Academy, this Library Talk will explore the application of IHL to contemporary conflicts as related to armed non-state actors.

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Name plate of the United States at the UN Human Rights Council Event

The United States Withdrawal from the Human Rights Council: A Political Move that has Limited Consequences or Serious Legal Ramifications?

5 July 2018, 18:15-20:00

What are the legal consequences of this withdrawal for the functioning and credibility of the HRC, and for the promotion and protection of human rights? How will this decision affect US’ collaboration with UN Special Procedures and the UPR?

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