19 February 2019
Last month our local partner in Vietnam, the Association for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, hosted a one day workshop as part of our research project Disability and Armed Conflict.
The workshop provided participants – including government officials and non-government organizations – with an overview of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with a particular focus on how the Convention applies to survivors of the Vietnam conflict who either sustained an impairment as a result of the conflict or whose impairment was exacerbated as a result of the conflict.
Vietnam is a case study within our research project on disability and armed conflict. A research team has previously undertaken field research in the country to consider the impact of the conflict on persons with disabilities and the implementation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
‘This workshop provided an important opportunity to disseminate our field research findings, and discuss these with local actors and hopefully draw attention to this incredibly important and largely overlooked issue', underlines Alice Priddy, Senior Researcher at the Geneva Academy.
The project’s final report, which will draw on field research conducted in several states, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Palestine, Vietnam and Ukraine, will be published in the spring of 2019.
Anastasiya Marchuk is the Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Office in Odesa, Ukraine. She is currently enrolled in our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict and follows the programme online.
Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights (LLM) and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) spent a week in the Balkans – Belgrade, Sarajevo and Srebrenica – where they met experts and institutions who work in the fields of IHL, human rights and transitional justice.
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This training course will explore the major international and regional instruments for the promotion of human rights, as well as with their implementation and enforcement mechanisms; and provide practical insights into the different UN human rights mechanisms pertinent to advancing environmental issues and protecting environmental human rights defenders.
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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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.