Expert workshop on the prevention of human rights abuses
(21-22 February 2018)

In his address to the Human Rights Council in February 2017, the Secretary-General stated that “just as denial of human rights is part of the problem – the active promotion of human rights is part of the solution. And that means supporting Member States in building capacity – strengthening states, institutions and civil society.” He went on to say that “perhaps the best prevention tool we have is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – and the international treaties that derive from it. The rights set out in it identify many of the root causes of conflict, but equally they provide real-world solutions through real change on the ground.”

As mandated by the Human Rights Council in resolution 33/6, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organised an expert workshop to discuss the role and contribution of civil society organizations, academia, national human rights institutions and other relevant stakeholders in the prevention of human rights abuses, drawing on the conclusions and recommendations of OHCHR’s study on the prevention of human rights violations.

The expert workshop was held from 21 to 22 February 2018 in Palais Wilson (Ground Floor conference room) in Geneva. Interpretation was provided in the six official languages of the United Nations. OHCHR prepared a summary report on the expert workshop, which was submitted to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-ninth session (A/HRC/39/24).

Documentation

  • Summary of the expert workshop on the role and contribution of civil society organizations, academia, national human rights institutions and other relevant stakeholders in the prevention of human rights abuses (A/HRC/39/24)
  • Concept note of the expert workshop
  • Provisional programme of the expert workshop (21-22 February 2018)
  • Human Rights Council (resolution 33/6)
  • Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on “The role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights” (A/HRC/30/20)
  • Summary report on the outcome of the Human Rights Council panel discussion on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights (A/HRC/28/30)

If you have any questions, please contact: preventionworkshop@ohchr.org