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.
At the online meeting of the Chairpersons of UN human rights treaty bodies, the Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform reiterated the importance of conducting dialogues with state parties concerning their reports at the national or regional level.
Dr Amna Nazir is a Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Human Rights at Birmingham City University. She also holds an Editorship at Harvard Law School’s Program in Islamic Law. She just started as Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Academy, working remotely from Birmingham, and will stay with us until the end of March 2021.
The 2021 Annual Conference will discuss the connectivity between national human rights actors and the Geneva-based international mechanisms.
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.
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.
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.
UN PHOTO /Jean Marc Ferre