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.
In this interview, Hannah-Milena Elias, currently enrolled in our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells about the programme and life in Geneva.
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In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most meetings and exchanges had to take place online.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This online event – co-organized with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Poland – will discuss the Council’s membership and internal dynamics, as well as selected mechanisms.
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.
Francisco Proner / Farpa/ CIDH
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.
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.
NYU Stern BH
This project aims at supporting the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights' project for the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.