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.
We co-organized on 29 November 2018 with the BCHR-network a consultation for the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Business and Human Rights to inform their new project on business in conflict and post-conflict settings.
We added nine military occupations to our Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts (RULAC) online database. Visitors can discover them either by browsing the map or by browsing conflicts per types or regions.
To close the third edition of the Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference, Helen Durham, Director of Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will deliver a keynote address.
ILO/ Thierry Falise
In this panel discussion, representatives from states, businesses and civil society will share their views and responses on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights’ Gender Framework and Guidance.
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.
Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Academy, this advanced seminar aims to enhance the capacity of lecturers and researchers to teach and research international humanitarian law contemporary issues, addressing both substantive and pedagogical aspects.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
Against the background of the mobilization of ‘foreign fighters’ for the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the Geneva Academy undertook various research projects to highlight and clarify a range of international law issues that arise through their participation and measures taken to stem their mobilization.