4 October 2022
On 29 September 2022, two United Nations (UN) treaty bodies – the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), –, three UN Special Rapporteurs – on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children and on Trafficking in Persons – and the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances have issued a Joint Statement on illegal intercountry adoptions.
In order to facilitate this joint process of adoption, the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) in collaboration with the CRC and CED, organized two joint meetings in March and September 2022 as part of the GHRP Treaty Body Members Platform initiative.
‘We congratulate all the mechanisms involved in the drafting of this important new document, which promotes a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to preventing and eradicating illegal intercountry adoptions’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
‘The Joint Statement does so by identifying the rights which are violated through illegal intercountry adoptions and by clarifying states’ obligations under international human rights law. It represents an excellent example of cooperation between UN treaty bodies and among UN human rights mechanisms, illustrating the cross-committee and systemic approach recently promoted within the 2020 Treaty Body Review process at the UN General Assembly’ he adds.
At a roundtable organized by OHCHR in partnership with the Geneva Human Rights Platform, the Universal Rights Group, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights, experts discussed how they intend to give effect to the recommendations made in HRC report 50/64 on the establishment and development of national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up.
In 2022, the TBMP hosted nine informal meetings for UN TBs, with the participation of UN TBs secretariat staff from OHCHR, along with UN Special Procedures mandate holders and their respective secretariat staff in order to support OHCHR ‘all-mechanism’ approach.
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This Human Rights Conversation will discuss child participation in the work of UN human rights mechanisms and opportunities to move away from today’s reliance on individual organizations or UN representatives’ initiatives.
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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 focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of 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.
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This project aimed at identifying and clarifying policies and practices for states and businesses, 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.