20 December 2019
The Treaty Body Members Platform, an initiative of the Geneva Human Rights Platform, connects experts in United Nations (UN) treaty bodies (TBs) with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.
‘This initiative facilitates collaboration across the various UN TBs, which is needed regarding both thematic issues and organizational ones’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
‘It also allows members of UN TBs to discuss issues of common concern with other actors – human rights ones and others – who work on the same subjects but often never discuss their respective approaches, as well as possible synergies and collaborations’ he adds.
In 2019, the meetings hosted by the Geneva Human Rights Platform allowed peer exchanges among UN TBs experts and other Geneva-based actors on issues like the rights of the child, corruption, the 2020 review of UN TBs, missing persons, trafficking and prostitution, as well as individual complaints.
‘This initiative, which started back in 2014, managed to become a reference for UN TBs who want to discuss issues of common concern or exchange with other actors on specific thematic subjects. This year also allowed us to go beyond organizing meetings for UN TBs and start working with UN Special Procedures’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
More than 30 DHRTTD developers and users representing different permanent missions, national ministries, international and regional organizations, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and academia delved into the transformation digital tools bring to the human rights landscape.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform facilitated the drafting process of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances' very first General Comment (GC) – now out for consultation – on enforced disappearances in the context of migration.
This Human Rights Conversation will explore the extent to which an independent mechanism such as the Meta Oversight Board is akin to a human rights tribunal and the risks that could be linked to delegating such powers to a private authority.
This online short course 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.
This training course will delve into the means and mechanisms through which national actors can best coordinate their human rights monitoring and implementation efforts, enabling them to strategically navigate the UN human rights system and use the various mechanisms available in their day-to-day work.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.