From March 30th to April 2nd, fourteen female students from Zayed University (United Arab Emirates) attended the Geneva Centre’s training course in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights: International Normative Framework.

The intensive training programme gave an overview of the instruments responsible of promoting and protecting human rights, notably the UN charter- and treaty-based human rights mechanisms. The 4-day session involved lectures, debates, and workshops with United Nations experts and human rights academics, including, among others: H. E. Ambassador Obaid Al Zaabi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva; Dr. Fatsah Ouguergouz, Former Vice President of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights and Senior Adviser of the Geneva Centre; Ms. Kamelia Kemileva, Executive Manager of the Geneva Academy; and Mr. Kevin Koh, Human Rights Officer at the Treaty Bodies Division of the UN OHCHR.

The course also included a simulation of the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held in collaboration with the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), thanks to which participants had the opportunity to apply their knowledge of human rights as well as the skills developed throughout the training session.

This tailored training was extremely helpful in enhancing human rights awareness, knowledge and skills of the students from Zayed University, and provided them with the necessary theoretical tools to promote and protect human rights in their own communities.

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