28 April 2021, 14:00-15:30
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This year, the UN Human Rights Council celebrates its 15th anniversary. Although the body remains one of the principal institutions tasked with universal protection and promotion of human rights, its role and activities are much less known to the wider public. The media's reports on its work often focus on the clashes between different visions of human rights protection standards of the Western and developing states, and the criticism of the Council sometimes prevails over rational assessment. That is why a debate on its current state and the future of the UN human rights protection system remains vital.
The event – co-organized with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Poland – aims at making the audience more familiar with the Council’s membership and internal dynamics, as well as selected mechanisms, such as UN Special Procedures. It will demonstrate the continuous pertinence of the body and dissipate the possible wrong impressions about its work. Since Poland is currently one of the members of the Council, the event will also shed a light on the involvement of Polish diplomacy and experts in the work of the body.
This online event will be livestreamed on PISM YouTube Channel.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform is collaborating with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and OHCHR in the development of an online database aimed at assessing the impact of the UN human rights treaty body system.
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Applications will run until 29 January 2021 for applications with a scholarship and until 26 February 2021 for applications without a scholarship.
This online event will discuss the draft General Comment on land and economic, social and cultural rights currently developed by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
From its adoption to its content and implementation, this training course provides a comprehensive overview of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants, as well as tools to protect and promote the rights of peasants, rural women, fisher, pastoralist and nomadic communities, as well as agricultural workers.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, aims at presenting the institutions and procedures in charge of the implementation of international human rights law.
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.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
A series of events aimed at discussing contemporary issues and challenges related to the promotion and protection of human rights in Geneva and beyond.