Thank you for so many reactions to our 24 March Message of solidarity, commitment and hope in these global health and economic crises ! As a training organisation, GHR wishes to continue contributing to the reflection on the dramatic human rights impacts of Covid-19.
The present edition of our Newsletter is again devoted to this pandemic. It presents the action of UN High Commissioner Bachelet, a compilation of statements made by Special Procedures, EMRIP and treaty bodies, and an innovative proposal of our treaty bodies expert Penny Parker for States to report to the Committees on their management of the crisis.
Unfortunately, as expected, vulnerable persons, groups and communities in the industrialized world pay the highest price, and the worst is to be feared with the pandemic affecting gradually all the countries in the South.
Obviously, It is too early a stage to draw conclusions. But some lessons can already be learned from these painful months. Firstly, as long as inequalities and extreme poverty are not seriously tackled at national and international levels, a repetition of such human disaster seems to be unavoidable. Secondly, our Governments did not listen to dozens of scientists and experts. Shouldn’t we listen now to experts on climate change ? Thirdly, reliable information is critical. It is not ‘official’ information (the Chinese Government did not tell all the truth). It depends on good governance, transparency, full access to all the sources, and monitoring by the civil society. Fourthly, the functioning of our societies has to be reviewed. We cannot simply start again with business-as-usual.. ‘Human rights’ is not a matter of GNP or stock exchange: our economic and financial systems will have to change.
We’ll have to evaluate the UN human rights system as well. In this crisis, the action of the High Commissioner and her Office, of the special procedures and treaty bodies have been significant, was it only to remind States on their obligations and to limit the damage. Some suggest convening a special session of the Human Rights Council. This would make sense only if such a session would focus on the fate of the most vulnerable, be based on reports of OHCHR and thematic procedures, and be open to full and active participation of civil society representatives from the regions and from the most vulnerable groups.
16 April 2020.
- Use of spyware to surveil journalists and human rights defendersDigital attacks against human rights defenders, journalists and civil society are on the rise. Their digital devices are hacked they can be spied on, silenced, and intimidated. This must stop.
- Expert Seminar co-sponsored by Permanent Missions of Finland, Mexico and Norway – ‘Indigenous Peoples & Self-Determination’ 11.00-14.00 CEST on 2021-07-15GHR convenes its 6th Expert Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. Thursday 15 July 2021 – from 11:00 to 14:00 CEST Registration : https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tc-utqjwjE9faJ5w0XVR_p_BsdTaq_lPlPassword: GHR-GSS-37 Please find hereunder the list of invited speakers and panellists: Prof. B. RAMCHARAN,GUY, Former High Commissioner for HRMr. Joshua COOPPER, USA, Hawaï Institute for HRMr. Adrien-Claude ZOLLER, CHE, GHR PresidentMs. Karla […]
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- 2021 GHR Internships – 2nd semesterIn 2021, our second round of volunteer internships runs in Fall 2021: from 6 September to 3 December 2021. The Human Rights Policy Studies Department permanently has a multidisciplinary and international team. GHR recruits non-paid interns and welcome applications from students and graduates in international relations, international law, human rights, political science and economics, who are motivated in […]
- 2021-05-21 Enforced Disappearances CED-21 Info note for Victims-Civil Society-NHRIsDear Sir/Madam, In preparation of the next session of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (session 21 to be held from 13 to 24 September 2021), please find attached an information note for victims, civil society actors and National Human Rights Institutions as to the way to contribute to the work of the Committee and participate […]
- 2021-05-09 West Papua – Arrest of Mr. Victor YEIMO, International Spokesman of the West Papua National Committee ( KNPB ).“The International Spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee,Victor Yeimo, called for the Papuan and non-Papuan people who live sideby side not to be provoked by provocations that lead to horizontal conflicts. Victor Yeimo said, nowadays there are efforts to divert the democratic actions ofthe Papuan people against the Indonesian government, by bumping them against […]
- 2021-03 West Papua – Reprisals & Intimidation towards GHR Member Mr. W. FATUBUN“Intimidation and reprisals affect not only the individuals and groups directly impacted, but are alarming also for the message they send to other actors and individuals, whether from government or civil society, who wish to engage with the United Nations and express their views freely.” — Secretary-General António Guterres, (A/HRC/39/41, para.79) Over the past months, […]
- 2021-03-18 Geneva Academy -Lessons learned from the Commission for the HR-Council status reviewVirtual Side Event to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council At this side event, John Pace, Secretary of the former United Nations (UN) Commission on Human Rights will present his recent OUP book The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, a Very Great Enterprise, which provides a detailed account of the work of […]
- 2021-09 GSC 50 – 50th Geneva Course
- 2021-02 GSC 49 – Course For Defenders From The RegionsOn the occasion of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council 49th Training course for defenders from the regions ‘Course on the Human Rights Council, international human rights and humanitarian law, international procedures and diplomacy’ (Online Course, 22 February to 10 March 2021) Geneva for Human Rights – Global Training (GHR) conducts its […]
- 2020-12 GSC 48 – Geneva Course ‘‘Mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council (Forums 2020 and EMRIP)From 30 November to 4 December 2020, Geneva for Human Rights (GHR) conducts its 48th Geneva Course for human rights defenders on ‘Mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council (Forums 2020 and EMRIP)’ We are happy to offer training places on our next Geneva Course for defenders entitled ‘Mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council […]
- GHR’s Second Message on the Covid-19 PandemicDear friends, Thank you for so many reactions to our 24 March Message of solidarity, commitment and hope in these global health and economic crises ! As a training organisation, GHR wishes to continue contributing to the reflection on the dramatic human rights impacts of Covid-19. We received many feed-backs and reports confirming the worsening […]
- Invitation to endorse GHR’s letter to HR Council Presidency24 April 2020 Dear friends, Last 24 March 2020, in view of the spread of Covid-19, Geneva for Human Rights (GHR) addressed the human rights movement a message of solidarity, commitment and hope. We received many feed-backs and reports on the worsening human rights situation in all the regions. Unfortunately, as expected, vulnerable persons, groups […]
- 2020-04-22 Letter to the President of the Human Rights Counciltranslation available soon in : FRENCH – SPANISH – RUSSIAN – ARABIC – TAMIL
- EDITORIAL GHR’S NEWSLETTER 2020-04-19Dear friends, Thank you for so many reactions to our 24 March Message of solidarity, commitment and hope in these global health and economic crises ! As a training organisation, GHR wishes to continue contributing to the reflection on the dramatic human rights impacts of Covid-19. The present edition of our Newsletter is again devoted […]
- COVID-19 YET ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLESUN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) 6 April 2020 The global reach of the COVID-19 virus affects us all, but some groups will suffer disproportionately and in different ways. Indigenous peoples are such a group. Many indigenous peoples live in remote regions difficult to access and often inaccessible. Even prior to […]
- MAIN APPEALS OF SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS AND WORKING GROUPSStatement of 17 mandate holders (16 March)  ‘While we recognize the severity of the current health crisis and acknowledge that the use of emergency powers is allowed by international law in response to significant threats, we urgently remind States that any emergency responses to the coronavirus must be proportionate, necessary and non-discriminatory’. ‘Declarations of […]
- TREATY BODIES AND CORONAVIRUS — NEXT STEPSby Penny Parker  Several treaty bodies have already issued Covid-19 statements. It makes sense that government responses to the coronavirus pandemic should now be taken up by the human rights treaty body system. The state reporting function of the treaty bodies is especially well suited for this task. Here’s one suggestion to begin the […]
- UN HUMAN RIGHTS TREATY BODIES CALL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS APPROACH IN FIGHTING COVID-19GENEVA (24 March 2020) – The Chairpersons of the 10 UN Treaty Bodies on Tuesday urged global leaders to ensure that human rights are respected in government measures to tackle the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Only by including all people in COVID-19 strategies can the pandemic be combatted,” said Hilary Gbedemah, […]
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: ‘ VIRTUAL INFORMAL CONVERSATION’ WITH HIGH COMMISSIONER BACHELETCOVID-19 pandemic – Informal briefing to the Human Rights Council – Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 9 April 2020 Madam President, Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends, Indeed this is an important meeting, at a time that none of us may ever forget. The COVID-19 pandemic is generating suffering and damage in […]