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Geneva Diplomats Discuss Developments around the 2020 Treaty Body Review and Next Steps in New York

8 November 2019

Staff from the Geneva Human Rights Platform, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and invited experts briefed state representatives in Geneva about developments related to the work of UN treaty bodies (TB) and the 2020 TB Review in New York.

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New Paper Discusses IHL Implementation through Human Rights Mechanisms

31 October 2019

After a reminder on mechanisms established by the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional Protocols of 1977, the paper summarily frames the relationship between IHL and international human rights law and assess the competence and practice of political mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well as of universal and regional treaty-based mechanisms.

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A New Guide Outlines the Potential of UN Human Rights Mechanisms in Countering Corruption

15 October 2019

Published by the Geneva Academy and the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, this guide explores how a human rights-based approach can be used to complement and strengthen anti-corruption efforts.

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New Human Rights Guidance on the Use of Less-Lethal Weapons

15 October 2019

The United Nations Human Rights Guidance on Less-Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the outcome of research and broad consultations carried out under the auspices of the Geneva Academy and the University of Pretoria.

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Taking the Discussions on the 2020 Treaty Body Review to the Next Level

15 October 2019

In order to bring the substantive debates on the future of UN treaty bodies from Geneva to the political discussions in New York, the Geneva Human Rights Platform held with the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Switzerland a side event at the UN General Assembly in New York.

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An Efficient Tool to Implement UN Treaty Bodies’ Recommendations

30 September 2019

At an expert conference co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, 30 UN treaty body (TB) experts, academics, national and international NGOs and governmental representatives discussed the implementation of a new mechanism aimed at improving the work of UN TBs, the TRIP: Technical Review of Implementation Progress.

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Felix Kirchmeier Named Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

2 September 2019

As Executive Director of the new Geneva Human Rights Platform, he will notably lead the development of this new platform to anchor it in international Geneva.

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Our New Visiting Fellow: Ibrahim Salama

27 August 2019

Ibrahim Salama is the Chief of the Human Rights Treaties Branch of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He just joined the Geneva Academy as Visiting Fellow and will stay with us until end of 2019.

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Productive Discussions for the Panel Event on ‘Human Rights and Digital Technologies: New Insights’

23 July 2019

This expert panel discussed nascent challenges in the sphere of evolving digital technologies and their impact on human rights.

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Human Rights Warriors Tell their Stories at the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture

23 July 2019

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Albie Sachs, Former Judge of the South African Constitutional Court, shared their incredible personal experiences of fighting for human rights.

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