GANHRI and partners host staff of NHRIs from all regions in week-long
Geneva-based training on United Nations human rights mechanisms
11 May 2018 - From 7 to 11 May 2018, 13 participants from national human rights
institutions (NHRIs) from around the globe participated in the training for
NHRIs on the international human rights mechanisms in Geneva, Switzerland.
The training, which is co-organised
by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), the Friedrich Ebert
Stiftung (FES), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
(OHCHR) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), builds
NHRI capacities to effectively engage with the United Nations human rights
mechanisms in their independent capacity as NHRIs.
The training provides staff
of NHRIs knowledge and skills on:
- the functioning of UN human rights
mechanisms and concrete opportunities for NHRIs' contribution;
- participation in sessions of UN human
- practical activities for an effective
engagement, such as report writing and designing a follow-up strategy for
implementation of UN recommendations; and
- an opportunity to exchanging experiences
and best practices with peer NHRIs participating in the training.
international human rights system, the role of NHRIs and GANHRI (in cooperation
treaty body system and the Human Rights Committee specifically;
prevention, in cooperation with the Association of the Prevention of Torture;
Human Rights Council and its mechanisms including the Special Procedures and
the Universal Periodic Review, in cooperation with UPR Info; and
GANHRI’s Geneva Representative, emphasized that “This course aims to equip
participants with a better understanding of how NHRIs can engage with the
international human rights system to improve the human rights situation on the
ground. The training also fosters the exchange of good practices and the
development of long-lasting networks for NHRIs across regions”.
UNITAR’s Peacekeeping Training Programme representative added that “UNITAR
values very much the work done by NHRIs on the ground as this contributes
directly to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Promote
peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development”. Through
innovative methodologies and participatory techniques, UNITAR is committed to
continue supporting GANHRI’s work in building NHRIs’ capacity and knowledge
The training also takes
an innovative approach to promote follow-up and support capacity building, by
inviting the participants to take home a commitment relating to torture
prevention such as
- advocating for ratification of the Convention
- advocating for law reform;
- undertaking capacity building within the NHRI.
“GANHRI will continue
to support the participants in the follow-up to their commitments and in
putting the knowledge learnt into practice” concluded Ms Rose.
The training is
offered annually and open to all staff of NHRIs. The next training will take
place in April-May 2019 in Geneva. Further information will be made available
on the GANHRI webpage at the beginning of 2019.