Human Rights Conversations

Started in January 2020

Human Rights Conversations are a series of events, hosted by the Geneva Human Rights Platform, aimed at discussing contemporary issues and challenges related to the promotion and protection of human rights in Geneva and beyond.

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Felix Kirchmeier

Manager of Policy Studies and Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Felix Kirchmeier oversees the conceptualization, development and implementation of policy research at the Geneva Academy. He is also the Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

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Domenico Zipoli

Research Fellow and Project Coordinator

His research focuses on the question of connectivity among international human rights mechanisms and on national strategies for monitoring, implementation and follow-up of international human rights obligations and recommendations.

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Chloé Naret

Project Assistant, Geneva Human Rights Platform

Chloé Naret works as a Project Assistant for the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

Past Human Rights Conversations

Universally Digital

12 May 2022, 14:00-15:30

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UN Human Rights Mechanisms and Mega Sporting Events: The road to FIFA World Cup 2022 and 2023

28 April 2022, 14:00-15:30

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Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and Human Rights

4 March 2022, 14:00-15:30

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Book Launch: The Domestic Institutionalisation of Human Rights

28 September 2021, 18:30-20:00

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Covid-19 Certificates: What are the Human Rights Implications?

6 July 2021, 13:00-14:30

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Digital Human Rights Tracking Tools

3 June 2021, 15:00-16:30

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Lessons Learned from the Commission for the HRC Status Review

18 March 2021, 14:00-15:30

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The US’ Return to the UN Human Rights Council

26 February 2021, 15:30-17:00

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Report Highlights the Benefits of UN Treaty Bodies’ Focused Review Pilot

10 March 2022

The report of the first focused review pilot conducted in Sierra Leone shows the benefits that such a mechanism could bring to the work of UN treaty bodies and the implementation of their recommendations.

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Second UN Treaty Body Focused Review Pilot Takes Place in Grenada

8 April 2022

From 23 to 24 March 2022, the Geneva Human Rights Platform conducted in Grenada, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat, its second pilot of a UN treaty bodies (TBs) focused review – designed to discuss how countries implement specific recommendations issued by UN TBs between sessions.

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Don’t forget about us: Strategies for resisting long-term detention of Human Rights Defenders

1 June 2022, 12:00-14:00

This event will discuss how governments, civil society and international mechanisms can work together to keep the pressure on long-term detention cases and improving respect for defenders’ rights and physical integrity while imprisoned.

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Armed Conflicts, Environment and Human Rights

8 June 2022, 10:00-12:00

This conference, organized with the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, will address the adverse implications for the enjoyment of human rights caused by environmental degradation in armed conflicts.

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Plastic pollution Training

Protecting Human Rights and the Environment

12-16 September 2022

This training course will explore the major international and regional instruments for the promotion of human rights, as well as with their implementation and enforcement mechanisms; and provide practical insights into the different UN human rights mechanisms pertinent to advancing environmental issues and protecting environmental human rights defenders.

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The Universal Periodic Review and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability

7-11 November 2022

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.

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George Floyd protest in Washington D.C. Project

Promoting and Protecting the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association and Civic Space Worldwide

Started in June 2020

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.

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Business and Human Rights: Towards a Decade of Global Implementation

Started in July 2020

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.

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Regulating business conduct in the technology sector gaps and ways forward in applying the UNGPs

published on April 2022

Ana Beduschi, Isabel Ebert

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Strengthening state accountability on business and human rights at international level

published on March 2022

John E. Grova

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