32nd Geneva Course for defenders from the regions
(3-21 March 2014)
The 32nd Geneva Course took place from 3 to 21 March 2014, during the 25th session of the HR-Council. Since the creation of the HR-Council (2006), GHR conducts this 3-week Course at each ordinary session of the Council. Twenty-five trainees participated, including defenders from Panamá, Venezuela, Tanzania, Angola, Indonesia (Papua), Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, Iraq, Iran and Palestine.
Teachers were Edward Flynn (Ireland), René Kosirnik (Switzerland), Penny Parker (USA), Ellen Walker (Canada), Maria Teresa Tienda Rivera (Spain) and Adrien-Claude Zoller (Sitzerland).
The General course (3-8 March) dealt with the introduction on the international system, the UN bodies, the HR-Council and its mechanisms, treaty bodies, and the issues of dealth penalty, International Humanitarian Law, genocide and religious freedom.Trainees also attended GHR Expert Seminar on Indigenous Peoples.
Participants received two briefings on the role of the civil society in the UN sytem and the protection mechanisms for defenders at risk.