2016 Training course for NHRIs on international human rights mechanisms 




NHRIs from all regions participate in Geneva-based training on international human rights system

May 2016, Geneva – 14 representatives of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from around the globe took part in the 2016 Training course for NHRIs on the international human rights system which was held from 2 to 6 May in Geneva.2016 Training .png

This course was hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with the methodological support of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Building on the experiences from trainings in previous editions, this year's training focused on

  • Expanding NHRIs' knowledge around UN human rights mechanisms, including with the participation in sessions of these mechanisms;
  • Identifying concrete opportunities and practical ways to engage effectively with the UN human rights bodies, such as report writing and follow up; and
  • Exchanging experiences and best practices with and among peer NHRIs.

The training included various debates and presentations from organisations such as the OHCHR, the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, the Association of Prevention of Torture, Geneva for Human Rights, Child Rights Connect, the International Disability Alliance and other independent experts.

Preparations to the training were supported by a pilot e-learning program for NHRIs on the international human rights system, which has been developed by UNITAR in cooperation with GANHRI and FES.


The next training for NHRIs on the international human rights system will take place in 2017 in Geneva. Further information will be made available on the GANHRI webpage at the beginning of the year.


Subject : 2016 Training course for NHRIs on  the international human rights system

Date: 11 May 2016 CET

Who: To all National Human Rights Institutions


For more information please contact

Katharina Rose

GANHRI Geneva Representative


Pictures: Adam Kane, UNITAR and Agnès Gràcia, GANHRI

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