Swiss Human Rights Chair

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Nils Melzer has been the Swiss Human Rights Chair (HR Chair) at the Geneva Academy since March 2016.

As HR Chair he develops and promotes the Geneva Academy expertise in HR via policy work, cutting-edge research, expert meetings, the development of partnerships and teaching.

Since November 2016, Nils Melzer has also been the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.

Nils Melzer at the United Nations Office at Geneva after his appointment as Special Rapporteur on torture News

Dr Nils Melzer appointed Special Rapporteur on Torture

6 October 2016

The UN Human Rights Council appointed  Dr Nils Melzer, Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy, the next Special Rapporteur on torture.

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Creeping Trend Towards Increased Tolerance for Torture

3 November 2016

Video interview with Dr Nils Melzer, Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy and new Special Rapporteur on torture.