Origins and objectives

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Geneva for Human Rights – Global Training (GHR) is an International training Association under Swiss law (in conformity with articles 60 et al. of the Swiss Civil Code). It obtained tax exemption status from the State of Geneva and Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). Its Secretariat is based in Geneva.


Since 1948, the international community adopted numerous human rights declarations and conventions and created dozens of monitoring mechanisms and procedures. In the field, victims, witnesses, human rights organisations and defenders working under difficult conditions, all demand implementation of these international standards. Massive human rights abuses persist around the world. Indeed, there is still a gap between the standards of the United Nations (UN) and the follow-up of their decisions.

It is time for implementation. And this has to be done by the country itself, which implies a need to develop national capacities.


Geneva for Human Rights – Global Training (GHR) is a training organization. Through training, study and protection, GHR aims to bridge this gap and to empower all those involved in the promotion and protection of human rights. Its ‘Global Training Department’ (GTP) conducts each year dozens of Courses and Seminars in Geneva and in the regions. Monitoring and analyzing UN human rights meetings, its ‘Department of Human Rights Policy Studies’ (HPS) supports these training activities.