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06.11.2017 On October 30-31, 2017 a training course Engaging with the United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms was held in Moscow

On October 30-31, a training course Engaging with the United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms was held in Moscow. The event was conducted by the Institute for Law and Public Policy within the project "Enhancing Civic Engagement in Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Russia".

12 NGO lawyers and 12 attorneys cooperating with NGOs from Moscow and the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Krasnoyarsk, Orenburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnodar and Irkutsk took part in the training course.

The aim of the course was to help the Russian defenders develop the skills necessary for the successful use of UN bodies and mechanisms for the protection of human rights, as well as the development of a network of lawyers working to advance international human rights standards in Russia.

The leading trainer was  Adrien-Claude Zoller, well-known human rights activist, a founder of the International Service for Human Rights and president of the non-profit organization "Geneva for Human Rights - Global Training". Separate sessions were conducted by the lawyers of the Institute for Law and Public Policy Olga Podoplelova and Natalia Secretareva, as well as by Andrey Generalovpresident of the International Public Organization "Center for Foreign Investments" .

     

Over the theoretical studies the trainers described the UN structure, its functions and work, examined the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, the procedure and possibilities for obtaining consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council for Civil Society Organizations, the universal periodic review mechanism, the procedure for working with the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, as well as with the system of the UN treaty bodies.

Over the practical part of the training course the particioants worked on pre-prepared communications to the UN special procedures and discussed the criteria for the admissibility of individual communications to the treaty bodies.

 

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The training course is conducted with support from the European Union

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