2015 Training course for NHRIs on international human rights mechanisms 


Collage - small.jpgMay 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 international level.

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.

The next Geneva-based training for NHRIs will be hosted in May 2016.


For further information find here the concept note for the 2015 training course description 2015.pdfand training program draft course program_4-8 May 2015.pdf