Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
24 January 2020
The Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) 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 debate topical issues and challenges related to the functioning of the Geneva-based human rights system. Relying on academic research and findings, it works to enable various actors to be better connected, break silos, and, hence, advance human rights.
In 2020, the GHRP will continue to work on the connectivity of human rights mechanisms, broadening the scope by also looking at the connectivity of Geneva-based human rights bodies with regional mechanisms in Africa, the Americas and Europe.
‘Victims of human rights violations look for remedies at the forum that are best suited for their claims and states face sometimes differing jurisprudence developed by these bodies. This is an important issue, notably in relation to the universality of human rights and we will dedicate the 2020 annual conference of the GHRP to the regional-universal connections’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
Via targeted initiatives, policy-oriented research, events, diplomatic briefings, conferences, expert roundtables, training courses and private meetings, the platform will also accompany ongoing discussions and challenges related to the work of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies.
‘We will continue to inform the 2020 Review of United Nations treaty bodies in Geneva and New York, to reflect on ways to improve their work, and to facilitate exchanges among different constituencies of the Geneva human rights system and beyond’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
Camara de Disputadas y Disputados Chile
Our new Research discusses the approach, methodology and objectives of our new research project that aims at gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses affecting different National Human Rights Systems.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferre
Our new Research Brief discusses the role of human rights mechanisms at national, regional and international levels in monitoring the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
In this online event co-organized with the ATLAS Network, prominent women in international law will share their experience and advice through an interactive discussion.
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.
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.