24 April 2023
From 27 to 31 March 2023, the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) and the Norwegian Center for Human Rights (NCHR) held in Geneva a training course on the work of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms for academics and human rights defenders from eight Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries.
During five days, 11 participants learned about the functioning of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the Universal Periodic Review and UN treaty bodies (TBs) and had the opportunity to observe a session of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers at Palais Wilson and an HRC session at the Palais des Nations.
‘This training course represents an important milestone in our long-standing cooperation with the NCHR. While past training courses were geared exclusively towards participants from Asia, this first MENA-focused training course widens the geographical scope of our cooperation’ explains Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the GHRP.
Via exchanges and inputs from highly qualified experts such as TB members, Special Rapporteurs or Chiefs from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), participants gathered first-hand information on a wide range of UN instruments and mechanisms.
Alongside this overview of the functioning of the UN human rights mechanisms, they also exchanged around human rights implementation strategies in the MENA region, the link with Islamic law, as well as OHCHR MENA activities – putting these in the context of their respective countries
‘This training course provided us with a comprehensive understanding of the international legal frameworks, policies and procedures in place to protect and promote human rights at the national, regional and global levels’ underscores Outeiba Merhebi, Co-Founder and Director of the Spotlight Center for Law and Human Rights in Lebanon.
Following this course, participants will be able to share what they have learned with a wider audience at the local level and continue to share experiences and strategies with their counterparts, thus building a regional network and contributing to a constructive human rights discourse within the academic and public spheres.
‘The skills and knowledge they acquired during this week will also allow participants to increase their participation in international human rights monitoring mechanisms and to put international human rights standards into practice at the national level’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
Via its DHRTTDs Directory, the Geneva Human Rights Platform provides a comprehensive list and description of such key tools and databases. But how to navigate them? Which tool should be used for what, and by whom? In this interview, Dr Domenico Zipoli helps us understand better the specificities of the September highlight of the directory: IMPACT OSS.
The GHRP introduced two innovative courses to enhance its Training Hub offerings, which delved into the realm of international human rights standards and system and into business and human rights.
This Human Rights Conversation will explore the extent to which an independent mechanism such as the Meta Oversight Board is akin to a human rights tribunal and the risks that could be linked to delegating such powers to a private authority.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
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 online short course 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 research aimed at taking stock of and contributing to a better understanding of the above-mentioned challenges to the principle of universality of human rights while also questioning their validity.
This initiative wishes to contribute to better and more coordinated implementation, reporting and follow-up of international human rights recommendations through a global study on digital human rights tracking tools and databases.