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.
2013 Dec 11 - 09:52
GENEVA (10 December 2013) – The largest body of independent experts in the United Nations Human Rights system today urged world governments to cooperate with them, and allow human rights organisations and individuals to engage with the UN “without fear of intimidation or reprisals.”
The appeal* by the 72 special procedures experts comes on Human Rights Day, which this year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action that led to the creation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
2013 Dec 10 - 14:42
GENEVA (10 December 2013) – Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, to mark the end of this year’s international campaign 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, on Human Rights Day.
“The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an opportunity to recall that violence against women remains a pervasive problem across the world and requires political will and bold and sustained actions to end this scourge.
2013 Dec 9 - 12:13
Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013
Twenty years ago, a historic document was adopted in Vienna. It crystallized the principle that human rights are universal, and committed States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems.
Among many other significant and ground-breaking achievements, the Vienna Declaration led to the creation of my Office – the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
2013 Dec 6 - 08:24
Opening remarks by Ms. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the Human Rights Day Event 2013 - Geneva, 5 December 2013
A very good morning to you all. It gives me great pleasure today to open this Human Rights Day event.
This year, as you know, marks 20 years since a historic document, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, was adopted, leading to the creation of my office – the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
2013 Nov 29 - 15:04
GENEVA (29 November 2013) – Human Rights Day this year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights Office and will be celebrated with events around the world throughout the week, including a day of discussions on 5 December in Geneva on a range of pressing human rights issues.
2013 Nov 29 - 15:04
29 November 2013
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Cécile Pouilly
Subject: South Sudan
We have received reports indicating that South Sudan has carried out at least four executions since the beginning of this month. Two men convicted of murder were hanged in Juba on 12 November and two others in Wau on 18 November. More than 200 individuals are believed to be on death row throughout the country.
2013 Nov 26 - 15:30
GENEVA (26 November 2013) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday warned that a new law regulating demonstrations in Egypt could lead to serious breaches of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and must be amended.
The law gives wide-ranging powers to local security authorities to ban such gatherings. Article 7 of the law prohibits protesters from conduct that would, among other things, constitute a threat to “security” and “public order,” “disrupt citizens’ interests,” or obstruct justice, without providing clear definitions of those terms.
2013 Nov 26 - 10:43
GENEVA (26 November 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk today called for urgent action to address the power shortage in occupied Palestine that has left 1.7 million residents of the Gaza Strip in a dire situation. More than three weeks after the only power plant shut down due to a critical fuel shortage, power supply has been limited to six hours a day.
2013 Nov 26 - 10:42
GENEVA (26 November 2013) – More than a thousand participants from over 100 countries will gather next week in Geneva for the Second United Nations Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, making it the largest global discussion on business and human rights to date.
The three-day Forum will bring together, among others, representatives of corporations involved in manufacturing, information and communication technology, mining, oil and energy, agribusiness, banking and finance, as well as people affected by these activities.