ISHR 2016 training for human rights defenders: now open for applicants!


ISHR today published the call for applications for its 2016 Geneva training programme for human rights defenders. If you are a human rights defender keen to increase your interaction with the UN system, apply now!

The training will take place between 8 and 22 June 2016 and provides defenders with opportunities to put their advocacy skills directly into action at the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council and the 23rd Annual Meeting of UN Special Procedures.

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As well as receiving training modules on all the UN human rights mechanisms from a range of experts, participants will also have the opportunity to build networks in Geneva and around the world, carry out lobbying of UN member States and UN staff, and learn from peers from a range of regions working on a range of human rights issues.

At the end of last year’s training, all participants were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the overall programme, whilst 53 per cent of participants felt they had fully met their prime advocacy objective and another 47 per cent felt it had been met at least partially. ISHR will look to build upon this success this year.

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Participants will take part in:

1) A short online learning component, prior to face-to-face training, to enable you to consolidate your existing knowledge and develop your advocacy objectives;

2) Intensive training in Geneva during June, to coincide with the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council. The training will focus on ways to effectively use international human rights mechanisms and to influence outcomes;

3) Specific advocacy at Human Rights Council sessions and other relevant meetings, with regular feedback and peer education to learn from the experiences, including expert input from leading human rights advocates.

This programme is directed at experienced human rights defenders in non governmental organisations and national human rights institutions, with existing advocacy experience at the national level and some prior knowledge of the international human rights system.

If you are interested in applying for ISHR’s training programme, please read the call for applications to check that you comply with the requirements. The link to the online application form can be found under point 5 of the call for applications.

The call for applicants can be found here. For more information, write to

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Source: International Service for Human Rights.

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