9 November 2018
On 17–18 October 2018, the two coordinators of the Geneva Human Rights Platform, Felix Kirchmeier and Kamelia Kemileva, participated in Oslo in a conference on the role that domestic human rights actors play towards the 2020 review of United Nations (UN) treaty bodies (TBs) by the UN General Assembly and how to build a more effective TB system for all stakeholders.
Co-organized by the Geneva Academy and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo, the conference brought together ministerial representatives, independent state institutions (National Human Rights Institutions and Ombudspersons), acting and former TBs members, and representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human (OHCHR) and civil society organizations.
The expert part of the conference focused on testing the proposals entailed in our publication ‘Optimizing the UN Treaty Bodies System’ against the backdrop of participants’ experience in working with TBs from a domestic point of view.
The public part of the conference, moderated by Orest Nowosad, Chief of Section at OHCHR and Felix Kirchmeier, discussed in the importance and impact of TBs at the national level.
‘This meeting forms part of the ongoing dissemination of the conclusions of the Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, a three-year consultative process which aimed at providing academic inputs into the 2020 Review by the General Assembly’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier.
‘Participants reacted very positively to the proposals entailed in our report’ underlines Kamelia Kemileva. ‘As the recommendations imply a long reporting cycle, they suggested, a more structured and robust follow-up, which would ensure the necessary engagement of national stakeholders with the TB system’ she adds.
The HRP provides a neutral and dynamic forum of interaction in Geneva for all stakeholders in the field of human rights – experts, practitioners, diplomats and civil society – to discuss and debate topical issues and challenges. Relying on academic research and findings, it works to enable various actors to be better connected, break silos, and, hence, advance human rights.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
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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.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform collaborates with a series of actors to reflect on the implementation of international human rights norms at the local level and propose solutions to improve uptake of recommendations and decisions taken by Geneva-based human rights bodies at the local 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.