2020 Activities : Summary


Summary report for period of 1st January – 31 July 2020 : Realizing Human Rights in the MENA Region



  • 16 - 20 February 2020 : National Plan Workshop for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325, held in various states, co-organized with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Institute for Research and Development Studies at the University of Khartoum and with the support o f the Norwegian Embassy in Sudan. Workshops held for the people of : White Nile State, Kassala & Al Qadarif States, South & East Darfur States, Red Sea state, South and West Kordofan States, Al Jazirah State.

  • 22 - 29 February 2020: National Plan Workshop for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325, held in various states, co-organized with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Institute for Research and Development Studies at the University of Khartoum and with the support o f the Norwegian Embassy in Sudan. Workshops held for the people of : North Darfur States, Blue Nile & Sennar States, North Kordofan State, West and Central Darfur States, Northern State, River Nile State, Khartoum State.

Promoting Security Council Resolution 1325 in Sudan. GIHR is currently working closely with the Ministry of Labour and Social Development to ensure the implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

  • The project aims to raise the awareness and knowledge of both women, men and youth on how to utilise UNSCR1325 and to promote  and advocate for it. 

  • The project would ultimately work towards realising a number of Sustainable Development Goals such as women equality, as it is a crucial element for a sustainable future


GIHR organized online symposium on the future of United Nations forces in Sudan

GIHR organized online symposium on Sudan and the International Criminal Court (ICC)



GIHR’s launched first online training session and project on “Promoting Active Participation of Women”, in collaboration with AMAN (Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre - Qatar).

  • This project's objective is to encourage a thriving culture of women’s human rights, to promote and enable the effective participation of women and strengthen their presence in discussions, with a special focus on cases of gender based violence.




On the 18th of June 2020, the Geneva Institute for Human Rights, in honour of Farouk Abu Issa’s memory, prepared and published the book لفاروقباقيا ما بقي الزمان" (Al-Faruq remains for the remainder of time) . The publication of this book was born out of the necessity and in recognition of what the late Farouk Abu Issa has accomplished in the field of human rights, through various local and international platforms. He was one of the most prominent jurists and figures in the Arab and Sudanese human rights movement and strongly upheld the values and principles of justice during his time as Secretary-General of the Arab Lawyers Union.




The Geneva Institute for Human Rights (Sudan Office) and the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre in cooperation with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Sudan, announces the launching of the first “Amin Mekki” regional training course, on the Mechanisms for the Protection of Human rights, which will be held remotely, over the internet between 7-10 September 2020.


The launch of the first regional training course, named after the recently departed Dr. Amin Mekki Medani (2 February 1939 – 31 August 2018), aspires to continue his remarkable work in the field of defending and promoting human rights. To read more : click here


GIHR participated in :

  • Roundtable Meeting on the Exploitation of Children and Women in Waste Picking in Mayo Area, Jabal Awliya, organized by NADA  Elazhar  Organization  for  Disaster Prevention and Sustainable Development (NADA), PLAN  International  in collaboration  and  coordination with the National  Council  for  Child Welfare (NCCW), (Khartoum - Sudan). 

  • International Conference in Doha on “Social Media: Challenges and Ways to Promote Freedoms and Protect Activists” (Doha - Qatar).



GIHR released various statements throughout the year, spreading awareness on issues of concern and acknowledging the impact of covid-19 on these matters, such as  : 

  • GIHR Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March)

  • GIHR Statement on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April)

  • GIHR Statement on the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare (30 April)

  • GIHR Statement on the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (4 June)

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