8 June 2020
The Advisory Board of the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) – Virginia Brás Gomez, Sarah H. Cleveland, Miloon Kothari, Florence Simbiri-Jaoko and Valentin Zellweger – met for the first time on 4 June.
Composed of leading human rights experts and practitioners from different regions and backgrounds, it provides guidance to the GHRP Executive Director regarding the GHRP’s strategy, priorities and activities.
‘Given the current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had this first meeting online. Besides discussing the role of the Advisory Board, we exchanged around activities, priorities and focus for the GHRP in the upcoming years’ explains Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the GHRP.
‘It is very important for us to get feedback and guidance regarding the relevance of our work from such experts and practitioners with extensive experience in human rights at the local, regional and international levels. I am delighted and grateful that they all accepted this role without hesitation’ he adds.
In the meeting, Advisory Board members exchanged around their role, current human rights challenges and issues, as well as the GHRP strategy and activities.
‘An important impetus from the Advisory Board was the additional perspective on the impact of the COVID crisis, which will be integrated into the upcoming annual conference of the platform, which will take place on 15 October in Geneva’ says Felix Kirchmeier.
The 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.
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.
Boston police during a deonstration
This document – the outcome of research and broad consultations carried out under the auspices of the Geneva Academy and the University of Pretoria – provides direction on what constitutes lawful and responsible deployment and use of less-lethal weapons.
For the upcoming 2020–2021 academic year, our 16 short courses in international law in armed conflict will also be offered online – in addition to taking place in Geneva.
UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
In this online event, some contributors to the new edition of Philip Alston and Frédéric Mégret’s book ‘The United Nations and Human Rights’ will examine the functions, procedures, and performance of the major UN organs dealing with human rights.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, 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.
We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.
This research project examined the impact of innovation and the development of new information technologies on human rights.