23 February 2021
We are launching a monthly newsletter for the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) in order to keep our audience informed about the activities of the platform, upcoming events and key human rights discussions in Geneva and beyond.
‘This newsletter will be of interest to anyone following key multilateral discussions related to the promotion and protection of human rights – and in particular the development of the institutional fabric of the UN’s human rights protection system. We are thus addressing diplomats in Geneva and New York, human rights experts, members of UN treaty bodies, UN Special Procedures, the staff at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, civil society representatives, and academics’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
The first edition will be sent on Thursday 18 March 2021.
‘Anyone can subscribe to this newsletter via a form on our website. We are also open to suggestions and inputs, notably for a section which goes beyond our own activities and will present ongoing discussions to follow’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
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 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.
As a ‘Mechanisms Lab’, the GHRP supports the international community to engineer solutions to ensure the sustainable functioning of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies, allowing them to address human rights challenges effectively.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform contributed to the proceedings of an international seminar on national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up (NMIRFs).
The Geneva Human Rights Platform and the Norwegian Center for Human Rights held in Geneva a training course on the work of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms for academics and human rights defenders from eight Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries.
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.
The Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform will take place in New York to explore the links between Geneva and New York, the relevance of Geneva's outputs in New York debates, and the implications for human rights.
This training course will examine how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have been utilized to advance the concept of business respect for human rights throughout the UN system, the impact of the Guiding Principles on other international organizations, as well as the impact of standards and guidance developed by these different bodies.
This online short course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter-terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
This project will develop guidance to inform security, human rights and environmental debates on the linkages between environmental rights and conflict, and how their better management can serve as a tool in conflict prevention, resilience and early warning.