Regional Training Course - International Human Rights Protection Mechanisms

The Geneva Institute for Human Rights (GIHR), in collaboration with the German Foundation “Friedrich Ebert Stiftung” (FES Office for Jordan and Iraq) has organized a regional training course focused on International Human Rights Protection Mechanisms, which will be held via Zoom from the 5th of September 2021 - 9th of September 2021.

The training will be supervised by a group of the Institute’s training staff and shall host 17 trainees representing 8 Arab countries, including : Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Professor Nazar Abdelgadir, Executive Director of the GIHR, stated in his opening speech that building the capacities of young men and women in the Middle East and North Africa is a vital and crucial step in ensuring security, stability and peace. He added that the Institute has catered its strategic approach in promoting human rights to meet the unique needs of the communities in the MENA+ region and enable national engagement with UN systems and mechanisms concerned with human rights. Moreover, the Institute affirms its commitment to ensuring the protection of vulnerable groups and that each individual’s fundamental rights are provided.

The regional training course will cover a wide range of topics such as :

  • Introduction to the international system of human rights

  • Concepts and terminology of human rights

  • United Nations Mechanisms based on the Charter: the Human Rights Council, contractual and non-contractual mechanisms, the universal periodic review mechanism,

  • Core international treaties on human rights

  • National mechanisms for the protection of human rights

  • The role of civil society

  • Human rights and sustainable development goals

  • Information on mechanisms to protect human rights on the Internet

  • Dialogues with a number of Jordanian civil society organizations, the National Center for Human Rights in Jordan and the House of Representatives .

The regional training course on International Human Rights Protection Mechanisms is a continuation of a previous project started by the Institute with the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation in the year 2011. It was born out of the aspiration of the Institute to diligently protect every individual's human and bring about positive social change.