Cet événement appartient à: Semaine des droits humains 2018 (13.11.2018 – 17.11.2018)

Being a human rights defender in 2018

13.11.2018 18:30 – 20:00

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this particular context, the panel opening the Human Rights Weeks will be the occasion to address questions such as:

Who are human rights defenders? What are the challenges they typically face in 2018? Do the internet, new technologies, social media, etc modify who should be considered a human right defender?

Civil society is obviously not a monolithic group, how can diversity be promoted and voices heard? Have new technologies helped to give women and other groups a voice?

What are the main challenges in terms of civic space, in particular on-line? How are they evolving?

What is the role of Switzerland and UN member states in relation to human rights defenders and civic space? What role does the UN Office for human rights play in relation to human rights defenders?

Panel discussion moderated by Romaine Jean. Following initial questions and answers by the panelists, an open discussion between the panelists and the audience will take place.


Bâtiment: Uni Dufour


Organisé par

Global Studies Institute (GSI)


Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
E. Tendayi Achiume, United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Anriette Esterhuysen, Director of Global Policy and Strategy, Association for Progressive Communications
Pooja Patel, Programme director, International Service for Human Rights
Valentin Zellweger, Ambassador, Permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and the other international organisations in Geneva

entrée libre


Catégorie: Table ronde

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