2017 Training course for NHRIs on international human rights mechanisms 



NHRIs from across the globe participate to a training on the international human rights system in Geneva



May 2017, Geneva – 15 representatives of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from around the world took part in the 2017 Training course for NHRIs on the international human rights system which was held from 1 to 5 May in Geneva.

The training was hosted and co-organised 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 support of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Building on the experiences from trainings in previous editions and with the aim of increasing NHRIs' knowledge of, and effective engagement in, the United Nations human rights mechanisms, this year's training focused on:

  • Identifying concrete opportunities and practical ways to engage effectively with the UN human rights bodies, such as report writing and follow up;
  • The participation in sessions of several Geneva-based UN human rights mechanisms, including in the UPR session of Morocco and the attendance of the treaty body session of the Committee against Torture; and
  • ​​Exchanging experiences and best practices with and among peer NHRIs.

The training included various debates, workshops and presentations from partner organisations including the OHCHR, the Geneva Institute for Human Rights, the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, the Association of Prevention of Torture, Geneva for Human Rights, Child Rights Connect, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Service for Human Rights and other independent experts.

The training also provided an important networking opportunity between peers from NHRIs, to share experiences and identify together what constitutes goodbpractices for NHRI engagement at international level. 

GANHRI warmly congralutes the 15 participants for their active participation during the training and was delighted to award at the end of the week all participants their well-deserved certicate. They are now NHRI experts on UN Human Rights mechanisms ready to tackle those issues at the national level.

The next training for NHRIs on the international human rights system will take place in 2018 in Geneva. Further information will be made available on the GANHRIvwebpage at the beginning of next year.


Subject : 2017 Training course for NHRIs on  the international human rights system

Date: 09 May 2017 CET

Who: To all National Human Rights Institutions


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