Taking place on Fridays from 14:30 to 16:00 at our headquarters Villa Moynier and online, the GHRP Fridays are open to the various stakeholders interacting in Geneva and at the national level with TBs, including diplomats, experts, TB members, staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and civil society.
‘This series offers a unique opportunity to bring the various stakeholders involved in the follow-up and implementation of the UN Treaty Body Review’s outcomes around the table to discuss the best way forward to ensure that UN TBs continue to perform their key role of monitoring and implementing UN human rights treaties’ says Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
Upcoming GFRP Fridays will discuss a wide range of issues – based on the specific recommendations contained in the Swiss-Moroccan co-facilitator report of the 2020 review process and the report of the 33rd TB Chairperson.
These include the possibilities to synchronize reporting schedules of all TBs, good practices and potential modalities to be introduced in the nomination and election process for new TB members, focused reviews or digital tools for national-level reporting.
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‘We are very pleased to have these partners on board and attendance to our first event on harmonized COVID working methods showed the need for such exchanges to keep the discussion alive and ensure practical changes’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
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Sima Samar, former Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2021 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
From 7 to 9 December 2021, the Geneva Human Rights Platform conducted in Sierra Leone and in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat a pilot of a United Nations (UN) treaty bodies (TBs) focused review – i.e. a review carried out between the reporting cycles at the national level and designed to discuss how countries implement specific recommendations issued by UN TBs.
This event aims at promoting the use of the new Guidelines for Lawyers in Support to Peaceful Assemblies within legal professions.
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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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 project aims at providing support to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Clément Voulé by addressing emerging issues affecting civic space and eveloping tools and materials allowing various stakeholders to promote and defend civic space.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.