Registration for the 2021 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform is Open!

Registration for the 2021 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform that will take place online and in Geneva on 12 October 2021 is open.

This one-day public event is open to all human rights actors in and outside Geneva – diplomats, experts, practitioners, civil society representatives, members of UN treaty bodies, UN Special Rapporteurs, international organizations, National Human Rights Institutions and academics.

The Connectivity Between National Human Rights Actors and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

‘National human rights actors play a crucial role in the implementation of international human rights law (IHRL). Their engagement with the UN human rights system is key to ensure follow-up of recommendations at the national level. Our conference aims at exploring this connectivity and discussing it in relation to specific issues’ explains Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

The conference is organized around two plenary panels in the morning, four parallel thematic sessions in the afternoon and a concluding session at the end of the conference.

From the Role of New Technologies in Implementation and Monitoring at National Level to the Specific Situation of Small States

Following the keynote and introduction, the morning sessions will discuss coordination among national human rights actors and the role of new technologies in monitoring and implementation at the national level.

The four parallel thematic sessions in the afternoon will address connectivity in relation to specific issues like racism, the environment, the role of cities in implementing IHRL or the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities.

The concluding plenary panel will discuss the specific situation of small states and their interaction with UN human rights mechanisms.

‘Our objective is to trigger discussions around the key role of national human rights actors, what works, the challenges and possible best practices’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier.

More than 15 Partners

The Conference and its various panels are organized with a series of partners – academic institutions, international organizations, NGOs and other platforms.

‘It is important for us to develop these partnerships to bring expertise, knowledge and enrich the discussion with the ultimate goal to further implementation of IHRL at the national level’ says Felix Kirchmeier.

 

Partners Conference

MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

Press briefing by the Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Palais des Nations. 28 February 2019. News

New Paper Discusses the Impact of United Nations Special Procedures

12 April 2021

Our new Working Paper Towards Transversal Standards to Evaluate the Impact of UN Special Procedures discusses the impact of UN Special Procedures, reviews progress made to measure it, and proposes avenues to improve this assessment.

Read more

Room of the UN Human Rights Committee, palais Wilson, Geneva News

An Insider’s View on UN Treaty Bodies in 2020

8 June 2021

In our new Working Paper The United Nations Treaty Bodies in a Transition Period – Progress Review, Professor Olivier de Frouville shares his own views on the work of UN treaty bodies during the period running from March to December 2020.

Read more

Cover Page of the Book Event

Book Launch: The Domestic Institutionalisation of Human Rights

28 September 2021, 18:30-20:00

This book launch is part of our Human Rights Conversation series. It will discuss the book’s novel approach and content and the question of the domestic institutionalization of human rights.

Read more

SRSG Martin Kobler addresses a ceremony in Goma, North Kivu province, to mark the destruction of weapons and ammunitions on 20 November 2013. Event

Expert Consultation on the Role of Business in Transitional Justice Contexts

23 September 2021, 13:00-15:00

This online consultation aims at providing inputs to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights for a guidance note on the role of business in transitional justice contexts.

Read more

Greece, ylakio, pre-removal center. Short Course

Introduction to International Human Rights Law

14-29 October 2021

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).

Read more

Prison visit by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Haiti Short Course

The Implementation of International Human Rights Law

16 December - 14 January 2022

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.

Read more

Project

HUMAN RIGHTS, BIG DATA AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECT

Started in May 2016

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.

Read more

Mine Project

Business, Human Rights and Conflict-Affected Regions

Started in July 2021

This project aims to further identify and clarify policies and practices for States and business, including public and private investors, across the full ‘conflict cycle’ and the ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Read more

Cover Page of the publication Publication

The Work of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances

published on August 2021

Maria Clara Galvis Patiño

Read more