The Geneva Institute for Human Rights (GIHR) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Geneva.

As an academic study and research institution, its key objective is to raise awareness and understanding about human rights. GIHR works for some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, seeking to ensure that the principles of equality, dignity and respect are incorporated into all levels of public service. The Geneva Institute offers seminars, lectures, national and international programs and trainings in the field of human rights education since its foundation in 2004.

A unique service in Geneva

The GIHR is based in Geneva, as this is a central place for human rights activities in the intergovernmental system, with the meetings of the UN bodies, in particular the Human Rights Council and the treaty monitoring bodies.

The GIHR fulfills an indispensable role in assisting human rights defenders  to make an effective use of the UN human rights procedures to more effective protection of human rights.

Annually we provide advice, logistic and strategic support to governmental and nongovernmental actors in defining and implementing their strategies in using international human rights procedures.

GIHR has been able throughout the years to distinguish its trainings from other organizations by being in both Arabic and English and by its commitment to networking and continual partnership.

The Institute has built and maintained long tern relationships and trust with countries in the Middle East and the African Regions. Our work has become crucial as a non political, human rights organization providing the much needed capacity building on international human rights standards and their principles to civil society organizations, governmental and non governmental organizations.

2015 Feb 5 - 11:08

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its concluding observations on the States it examined during its 68th session from 12-30 January: Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Turkmenistan, Sweden, Mauritius, Gambia, Tanzania, Jamaica, Uruguay, Colombia, Iraq and Switzerland

2014 Feb 18 - 11:10

"Madame President,
Distinguished Members of the Security Council,

Thank you for this opportunity to address you. I will base my remarks on the experience gained over the past few years by my Office and the human rights components in peacekeeping operations.

Nine peacekeeping operations currently have an explicit mandate to protect civilians. My Office has worked together with DPKO to develop policies, guidance and training on protection of civilians, building on the wealth of often innovative approaches that have been developed in the field.

2014 Feb 12 - 11:26

GENEVA (7 February 2014) – The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, will visit the Sudan from 11 to 20 February 2014 to follow-up on his previous recommendations*, and identify areas of technical assistance and capacity building which will help the country fulfil its human rights obligations.

2014 Feb 12 - 11:25

GENEVA (6 February 2014) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul called* on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to address the challenges that still affect the justice system, in order to strengthen the public’s confidence in the rule of law, and improving the enforcement of peoples’ human rights.

Ms. Knaul’s appeal comes at the end of her first information-gathering visit to the UAE as the independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the independence of judges and lawyers worldwide.

2014 Feb 12 - 11:23

GENEVA (6 February 2014) – A group of United Nations independent experts* on the human rights to food, health, housing, water and sanitation, and on summary executions and torture, today urged all parties to the Syrian conflict to stop the use of civilian suffering as a method of war.
“As reports are piling up of indiscriminate shelling of civilians, enforced disappearances and executions, another horror of the war in Syria is becoming apparent: the deprivation of basic necessities of life and the denial of humanitarian relief as a method of war,” they warned.

2014 Feb 7 - 11:19

GENEVA (6 February 2014) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 10 to 28 February to review women’s rights in the following countries:
Bahrain (11 Feb); Cameroon (12 Feb); Qatar (13 Feb); Kazakhstan (14 Feb); Iraq (18 Feb); Sierra Leone (19 Feb); Finland (20 Feb)

2014 Jan 28 - 11:24

GENEVA (27 January 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday said she was gravely concerned about the escalating violence in Egypt in recent days that has led to scores of people being killed and injured. She called for a prompt investigation into the incidents that led to the regrettable loss of lives, and appealed on all sides to exercise restraint.

2014 Jan 27 - 16:47

DOHA/GENEVA (27 January 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, has urged Qatar to make use of what she called its “privileged position” and embark on the reforms needed to consolidate its justice system and address its shortcomings.

“Unlike many other countries around the world, Qatar has the financial means to support important reforms and effectively implement a wide range of measures,” said Ms. Knaul on Sunday as she wrapped up an eight-day visit to Doha.

2014 Jan 27 - 12:47

GENEVA (22 January 2014) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul will undertake an official visit to the United Arab Emirates from 28 January to 5 February 2014, to assess the independence of judges, lawyers, and prosecutors, as well as the functioning of the justice system.

This will be the first information-gathering visit to the UAE by an independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the independence of judges and lawyers worldwide.

2014 Jan 20 - 14:01

GENEVA (17 January 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday strongly condemned the repeated obstruction of convoys trying to bring supplies to a besieged population of some 18,000 people in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, saying that “impeding humanitarian assistance to civilians in desperate need may amount to a war crime.”