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 (Forums 2020 and EMRIP)’,

taking place online from 30 November to 4 December 2020.

Course information

The outline and programme of the Course are available here under. During five morning classes of 3 ½ hours each, GHR trainers will introduce the HR-Council system, human rights standards, business and human rights, minority rights, religious freedom, indigenous peoples’ rights in the UN, violence against women and human rights implementation. Daily course work for the participants is estimated at two hours per day.


The main target audience are Human Rights Defenders from the Regions. In the mean time Geneva for Human Rights wants to offer the possibility to young academics and students as well as practitioners, to benefit from such a training aiming at bridging the gaps between the academic knowledge and the practical use of the United Nations mechanisms and machinery.

Topics Covered :

  • Introduction to the International System.
  • UN Mechanisms & Procedures on Minorities.
  • The UN, Structure & Main Organs.
  • Freedom of Religion or Belief in the UN.
  • UN HR Mechanisms & Procedures.
  • Indigenous Peoples‘ Rights in the UN.
  • Human Rights Standards.
  • UN Mechanisms regarding Indigenous Peoples.
  • Business & Human Rights.
  • Covid & Indigenous Peoples.
  • Towards a Treaty on Business & HR
  • Covid & Women’s Rrights.
  • Minority Rights in the UN.
  • Follow-up & Implementation

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the Course is 500.- Swiss francs (CHF). Fees may be reduced on demand to 100.- CHF for human rights defender applicants from the regions having no sponsor. This fees include the full documentation kit and background papers as well as a personalized follow-up and implementation strategy briefing. During the course Q & A as well as interactive dialogue and exchange are included.

Students and Academics are invited for free to attend the training on line and to watch the internet stream.

We offer an alternative for students and academic willing to receive more information and documentation. The registration fees of 50.- CHF gives access to the training video stream, to reading material our background documents and such participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance (provided that they were on line during the sessions),


A stable internet connection and a laptop/desktop computer with camera are conditions to participate in the course.

Applicants should complete the registration form and return it to GHR (info@‘gdh-ghr.org;).

The deadline for applications is 28 November. Applicants will be immediately informed of whether they have been allocated a place, and they will then receive the E-link for the Course and the first background documents.

GSC-48-6 Info Sheet Virtual Course for defenders

GSC-48-3 Application form November-December 2020

GSC-48 Flyer