A Human Rights Mechanism Lab

The Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) provides a dynamic forum in Geneva for all stakeholders in the field of human rights – experts, practitioners, diplomats and civil society – to discuss and debate topical issues and challenges. Relying on academic research and findings, it enables various actors to become better connected, break down silos and, hence, advance human rights.

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New Paper Outlines Lessons from the UPR Process for the National Implementation of UN Treaty Bodies’ Recommendations

28 November 2019

Written by Miloon Kothari, President of UPR Info and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, it outlines a series of measures, inspired by the UPR, to strengthen the implementation of UN treaty bodies' concluding observations.

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Papers related to the Geneva Human Rights Platform on a table News

Geneva Diplomats Discuss Developments around the 2020 Treaty Body Review and Next Steps in New York

8 November 2019

Staff from the Geneva Human Rights Platform, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and invited experts briefed state representatives in Geneva about developments related to the work of UN treaty bodies (TB) and the 2020 TB Review in New York.

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New Paper Discusses IHL Implementation through Human Rights Mechanisms

31 October 2019

After a reminder on mechanisms established by the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional Protocols of 1977, the paper summarily frames the relationship between IHL and international human rights law and assess the competence and practice of political mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well as of universal and regional treaty-based mechanisms.

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Human Rights Platforms

Develops Connections

The GHRP creates new opportunities for all stakeholders in the field of human rights in and outside Geneva to meet, exchange information and debate topical issues and challenges related to the functioning of the Geneva-based human rights system.

Delegations at the UN Human Rights Council

Reflects on Functioning

As a ‘Mechanisms Lab’, the GHRP supports the international community to engineer solutions to ensure the sustainable functioning of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies, allowing them to address human rights challenges effectively.

View of the UN Human Rights Committee during a meeting

Builds Capacity

Via training courses, targeted research and publications, briefings for diplomats and expert roundtables, the GHRP supports the international community to engage more effectively with the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies.

Team

Felix Kirchmeier

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

Nathalie Mivelaz Tirabosco

Communication Manager

Tatiana Avanthay

Communication Officer

Stefania Di Stefano

Project Assistant

Kamelia Kemileva

Senior Consultant

Domenico Zipoli

Associate Researcher

Videos

1st Annual Conference of the GHRP: Panel on Civil Society Space and Reprisals

1st Conference of the GHRP: Panel on Law-Making in Human Rights Mechanisms

Optimizing the UN Treaty Bodies System