30 September 2019
At an expert conference co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights on 18–19 September 2019, 30 United Nations (UN) treaty body (TB) experts, academics, national and international NGOs and governmental representatives discussed the implementation of a new mechanism aimed at improving the work of UN TBs, the TRIP: Technical Review of Implementation Progress.
The TRIP would allow filling the implementation gap in an eight years reporting cycle.
‘The UN Human Rights Committee has recently adopted an eight years cycle, as recommended by the Academic Platform on TB Review 2020’ explains Felix Kirchmeier, Coordinator of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
‘While the eight years reporting cycle will allow the UN Human Rights Committee to review all state parties within the current structure and budget, there is a risk that not much happens during that lapse of time in term of follow-up’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier.
‘As a national visit by TBs members that would take place between two examinations of a state’s report, the TRIP would allow to consolidate the follow-up stage and to increase the role of domestic stakeholders. Ideally, if eventually all TBs would coordinate their calendars, the TRIP should consist in one visit consolidating the implementation of all TBs’ recommendations’ he adds.
The participation of UN Special Rapporteurs, development experts and staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights contributed to setting the TRIP into a broader context of national human rights implementation schemes.
The outcomes of the discussions will feed into the intergovernmental negotiations of a follow-up to resolution A/RES/68/268 by the UN General Assembly in 2020.
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The 2021 Annual Conference will discuss the connectivity between national human rights actors and the Geneva-based international mechanisms.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).
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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.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.
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.
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