May 2015, Geneva – The International Coordinating Committee of National
Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC of NHRIs),
the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR) co-hosted a training course for staff members of national
human rights institutions (NHRIs) on the international human rights system and
the role of NHRIs.
NHRIs that are established and work in line with the Paris Principles have a significant and unique role to play in bridging
the gap between international and national human rights mechanisms, to
strengthen human rights on the ground.
The UN has recognized the
roles of NHRIs and has provided such institutions with increasing opportunities
to contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights at the
Against this background the training course was specifically designed to
address the role of NHRIs in engaging with the UN human rights system. In
particular, the training's objective was to increase NHRIs' knowledge
of, and effective engagement with, the United Nations human rights mechanisms,
including the Human Rights Council, treaty bodies, Special Procedures and the
Universal Periodic Review.
14 staff from A status accredited NHRIs from all regions participated in
the five-day face-to-face training: Armenia, Costa Rica, East Timor, Ecuador,
Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Nepal, Nicaragua, Malaysia, Palestine, Sierra Leone,
Uganda and Zambia.
Resource persons from the Association for the Prevention of Torture,
Child Rights Connect, Geneva for Human Rights, the Geneva Academy, the OHCHR
and independent experts contributed to the various training sessions with their
experience and expertise.
The training also enjoyed the methodological support and expertise of
the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Participants also had an opportunity to meet with Human Rights Council
President H.E. Joachim Ruecker.
From the session with the Association of Prevention of Torture, the participants
identified concrete action in relation to torture prevention which they
committed to follow-up to within their respective institutions in-country. ICC, APF and the FES will support participants
in their delivery.
The training afforded participants
the opportunity to bring back to their respective national institutions an
expanded knowledge about concrete opportunities and practical ways of effective
engagement with the UN, all these enriched with experiences and best practices
learnt from the peer NHRIs participating in the training.
Geneva-based training for NHRIs will be hosted in May 2016.
For further information find here the concept note for the 2015 training and training program .