Agenda

Upcoming events
ENNHRI Annual Conference 2019: ‘Realising Economic and Social Rights in Europe – The Role of National Human Rights Institutions’ Thursday 14 November

Date: 14 November 2019
Location: Brussels, Belgium
The conference will take place one day after ENNHRI’s General Assembly meeting (13 November 2019).

Background

Ten years after the economic crisis in Europe, some economic and social reforms still lead to violations of human rights, particularly economic and social rights (ESR). National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have great potential in advancing the promotion and protection of ESR in Europe. Through their broad human rights mandate and variety of functions, NHRIs work towards the implementation of ESR and help translate international and regional human rights instruments and commitments to a local reality for all.

About the conference

ENNHRI’s Annual Conference will bring together European NHRIs with regional and international organisations and civil society to:

  • Showcase the role and relevance of NHRIs in the realisation of ESR in Europe
  • Encourage a human rights-based approach to economic and social policies and reforms at the national and European level

The programme will include high-level panels and interactive small group discussions, with a focus on poverty, the right to housing, labour rights, justiciability and promotion of ESR. Some of the notable speakers include:

  • Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights
  • Birgit Van Hout, OHCHR Europe Representative
  • Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Katarzyna Gardapkhadze, First Deputy Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Branko Lubarda, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights
  • François Vandamme, Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Rights
  • Leo Williams, Director of the European Anti-Poverty Network
  • Nina Nordström, Representative of Finland’s Presidency of the EU Council, Head of Mission at Finland’s Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe
  • Olivier de Schutter, Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain

They will introduce rights and policy frameworks and how NHRIs can use them. Representatives of European NHRIs will share practices on using their broad mandate to strive for the realisation of ESR.

The conference will result in a set of innovative recommendations for NHRIs on how to further advance the realisation of ESR in Europe, including through the support of ENNHRI and other stakeholders.

An interactive, online page with good practices illustrating how NHRIs work on ESR in Europe will be available as a background for the conference and will be updated given the outcomes of the Conference. A Guide for NHRIs on how to contribute to a human rights-based approach to poverty reduction and measurement will also be presented at the conference.

Contact

For more information, please contact Nina Pániková from the ENNHRI Secretariat:

» Download the concept note and the agenda for the Annual Conference
» Learn more about ENNHRI’s work on economic and social rights

Capacity Building Workshop: “Exploring the Role of NHRIs in Peacebuilding” From 29 to 31 October

Date: 29 – 31 October 2019
Location: Zagreb, Croatia

Background

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its preamble recognises the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. Moreover, the strategic link between respecting human rights and the prevention of violent conflicts and building durable peace has been pointed out by the UN and regional human rights and security bodies, including the Council of Europe, EU and OSCE.

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have expressed their readiness to engage more in peacebuilding. At an ENNHRI meeting held on 11-12 June 2019 in Brussels, NHRIs and stakeholders agreed that European NHRIs should work more in the area of peacebuilding (including conflict resolution, reconciliation, conflict transformation and transitional justice). They recommended that ENNHRI conduct a meeting to further explore what such a role could mean in practical terms.

About the workshop

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Establish links between human rights work and peacebuilding, and discuss practical implications for NHRIs (such as how their mandates are linked to peacebuilding);
  • Discuss various models and possibilities for rebuilding trust and peace in the wake of conflicts, and how NHRIs can contribute to reconciliation and peace (including looking at existing human rights work as tools for peacebuilding);
  • Present and discuss practices from Europe and outside that will inspire ENNHRI members to include peacebuilding in their work;
  • Address challenges and consider opportunities for NHRI engagement in peacebuilding;
  • Discuss the strategies and concrete approaches to be employed by NHRIs in contributing effectively to peacebuilding in their societies and across borders.

The workshop will bring together representatives of European NHRIs, civil society and intergovernmental organisations working in the area of human rights and peacebuilding, as well as NHRI colleagues from other parts of the world with experience in these fields.

The workshop is organised under ENNHRI’s Project on the role of NHRIs in situations of (post-) conflict.

Contact

For more information, please contact Valentina Purcel and Zoé Vautard from the ENNHRI Secretariat.

» Download the concept note and the agenda for the workshop
» Learn more about ENNHRI’s Project on the role of NHRIs in situations of (post-)conflict

Past events
Second ENNHRI Meeting on the Role and Responsibilities of NHRIs in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Non-Government Controlled Territories, including in Non-recognised and other Disputed Territories (NGCT): Continuing the Dialogue From 11 to 12 June

Date: 11-12 June 2019
Location: Brussels, Belgium

The primary objective of the meeting is to consolidate the dialogue that began last February at a first meeting in Brussels and find more concrete ways on how NHRIs can protect and promote human rights in NGCT.

Participants will exchange experiences to agree on key approaches to working with and possibly in the NGCT, ensuring that there is a common understanding of the role and responsibilities of NHRIs in NGCT. NHRIs will explore ways to cooperate with each other and with other key stakeholders working in NGCT, where relevant and appropriate. NHRIs will hear from regional and international stakeholders about their views on the most pressing issues and engage in discussions on how to jointly address these in the future. The meeting will allow for parallel dialogue sessions and consultations among participants.

The meeting will gather relevant ENNHRI members, NHRIs with experience of working in NGCT from other regions of the world, as well as representatives from key international stakeholders (UN agencies, CoE, EU, OSCE/ODIHR) and civil society representatives who address human rights in NGCT.

For more information, contact Cecilia de Armas or Zoé Vautard from ENNHRI Secretariat.

The meeting falls under the activities of ENNHRI’s project on the Role of NHRIs in situations of (post-)conflict.

» Read about outcomes of the last meeting on the role of NHRIs in the promotion and protection of human rights in non-government controlled areas

The need for a National Human Rights Institution in Italy in compliance with the Paris Principles Monday 3 June

Date and Time: Monday, 3 June 2019 - 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Aula Magna, San Nicolò Monastery, Riviera San Nicolò 26, Venice Lido

Co-organised by: Amnesty International Italy and ENNHRI

Italy is currently one of the last two EU member states without a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). This high-level roundtable brings together Italian stakeholders with European human rights actors to discuss the way forwards to establish an Italian NHRI in compliance with the UN Paris Principles, and to let it function in an independent and effective manner once set up. The roundtable will be of an interactive nature, and the public is encouraged to intervene in the discussion. The roundtable will be followed by a networking reception.

Moderator: ENNHRI, Secretary-General, Debbie Kohner

  • Chamber of Deputies Italy, Member of Parliament, Anna Macina, TBC
  • Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights, Ministry Plenipotentiary, Fabrizio Petri
  • Amnesty International Italia, Lobbying and Policy Senior Officer, Giulia Groppi
  • Human Rights Promotion and Protection Committee (Italy), Barbara Terenzi
  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, First Deputy-Director, Katarzyna Gardapkhadze
  • EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Head of Sector Cooperation and Consultation, Eva Sobotka, TBC
  • European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, Chair, Emily Logan

17.30 – 18.30 PANEL DISCUSSION • 18.30 – 19.00 Q&A • 19.00 RECEPTION

For more information, contact:
Dr. Katrien Meuwissen, ENNHRI Secretariat
+32 (0)2 212 3197katrien.meuwissen@ennhri.org

Supported by:

  • Global Campus of Human Rights
  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Workshop on Communicating Economic and Social Rights Wednesday 22 May

Date: 22 May 2019
Location: Brussels, Belgium
The workshop will take place one day after the Communications Working Group meeting (21 May 2019).

BACKGROUND

In the context of rising populist narratives across Europe, it is important to rethink communication practices and re-formulate messages about economic and social rights (ESR) to ensure they are fully understood by the general public. This workshop will bring together National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from across Europe – in particular, NHRI staff working on communications and ESR – to share experiences and engage in practical activities on effective ESR communication.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The workshop will allow participants to gain further understanding of key ESR concepts and how these concepts – including the universality of human rights – are being challenged. Koldo Casla, a Policy Director of a London-based charity organisation Just Fair, will present an innovative approach used in his work to tackle these challenges and encourage policy makers, civil society and the public to comprehend the relevance of a human right based approach.

Moreover, the workshop will provide a unique platform for European NHRIs to share their approaches, strategies and practices on how to deconstruct current narratives and communicate about ESR in a positive and impactful manner. Participants will be encouraged to engage in a dynamic discussion and openly debate different approaches when framing key communication messages about economic and social rights in their respective contexts.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Ala Al-Mahaidi and Nina Pániková at the ENNHRI Secretariat.

This workshop is part of ENNHRI’s commitment to build broader support for human rights.

» Learn more about ENNHRI’s work on economic and social rights

Workshop on Monitoring and Communicating on Asylum and Migration in a Challenging Context Thursday 25 April

Date: 25 April 2019
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
The workshop will take place one day before the Asylum and Migration Working Group meeting (26 April 2019).

BACKGROUND

European National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) face increased challenges when working on asylum and migration. National governments and other public authorities are often unwilling to cooperate with NHRIs in this area. In some cases, NHRIs have even been denied access to documents when investigating violation of migrants’ rights, despite being legally vested with such powers.

Where governments have adopted a clear “anti-migrant” stance, both in discourse and in practice through the adoption of legislation and policies, NHRIs can face great obstacles in monitoring, reporting and ensuring follow-up to their recommendations on asylum and migration issues. In some countries, the lack of public support for the work of NHRIs on asylum and migration can be an additional barrier when fulfilling NHRIs broad human rights mandate under the Paris Principles.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The primary objective of this workshop is to enhance the capacities of European NHRIs to monitor and report on asylum and migration issues, with a focus on communicating this work to the general public.

Through the exchange of good practices, NHRI participants can enhance their capacities to communicate about migrants’ rights at the national level. They will also increase their knowledge on the external support they can seek when facing challenges working on asylum and migration issues. Through thematic-specific sessions, participants will also exchange with peers and external speakers about good practices with regard to monitoring and reporting on the rights of migrant children and on the situation at the borders.

The workshop will combine mixed panels and work in small groups. This will allow for dynamic discussion and sharing of information, while including practical tools and guidance from experts and relevant stakeholders.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Gabriel Almeida (gabriel.almeida@ennhri.org) and Sophie Hale (sophie.hale@ennhri.org) at the ENNHRI Secretariat.

This workshop falls under ENNHRI’s objective to “build NHRI capacities to effect change at national level”, contributing to a more effective promotion and protection of human rights in Europe.

» Download the workshop concept note
» Learn more about the Asylum and Migration Working Group
» Read about outcomes of the last meeting of the Asylum & Migration Working Group in November 2018

Capacity building workshop in Mostar on economic and social rights in situations of (post-)conflict From 25 to 27 March

Dates: 25-27 March 2019
Location: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Background

Violations of economic and social rights can be both a cause and consequence of conflict. A poor standard of living and a lack of access to work, education, adequate housing and social protection, coupled with ongoing discrimination, can lead to public unrest.

Conflict, especially when involving armed hostilities, often deprives people of their dignity, a situation that may last for years. In these circumstances, monitoring, documenting and reporting on economic and social rights becomes an important way for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to influence change in the short- and long-terms.

About the workshop

This workshop will address strategic approaches for NHRIs to working with economic and social rights in (post-)conflict contexts. It will take place in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a city whose history often left its communities no other choice but to live through the horrors of war.

Representatives of NHRIs, NGOs and intergovernmental organisations will discuss the importance of NHRIs’ monitoring of states’ compliance with their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil economic and social rights, especially in relation to conflict.

Participants will share their challenges and methods of work, highlighting effective practices. This includes the example of community-led monitoring in Northern Ireland developed by the NGO Participation and the Practice of Rights Project. Participants will learn how communities in Northern Ireland influence change in the areas of housing, health, work using economic and social rights standards, principles and mechanisms.

The workshop will provide NHRIs with new tools to address economic and social rights in a strategic way, increasing the level of rights enjoyment by their respective communities.

To find out more about the workshop, contact Nina Pániková from the ENNHRI Secretariat.

This event is organised within the framework of ENNHRI’s project to enhance the effectiveness of NHRIs to promote and protect human rights in situations of (post-)conflict in wider Europe. » Learn more

Meeting on the Role of NHRIs in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Non-Government Controlled Areas From 13 to 14 February

The main goals of the meeting are to:

  • Explore the role of NHRIs to promote and protect human rights in non-government controlled areas, in compliance with the Paris Principles, and build a common understanding of this role among NHRIs and key stakeholders;
  • Identify, where possible, strategies and approaches for cooperation to support NHRIs’ role to promote and protect human rights in non-government controlled areas.

For more information, please contact Cecilia de Armas

Register by 5th Nov: ENNHRI Asylum & Migration Working Group Meeting From 13 to 14 November 2018

The ENNHRI Asylum & Migration Working Group will meet in November 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

The main goals of the meeting are to:

  • share experiences on A&M issues;
  • discuss the outcome of the survey which was circulated in August;
  • define the WG priorities for 2019, including a topic for research and training;
  • get an update on relevant developments at different levels and discuss NHRIs’ role; and
  • elect a new Chair of the WG.

Register by 5th November 2018. To register, or for more information, contact Gabriel Almeida.

Beyond Brexit: The Future of Trade, Equality & Human Rights Tuesday 6 November 2018

As the UK’s departure from the European Union approaches, the British Government is preparing to take on the new responsibility of trade negotiations. The Trade Bill currently passing through the British Parliament is laying the groundwork for this. Civil society has called for the inclusion of Human Rights and Democracy clauses that are at least equal to the EU’s standards, and others emphasise that this is also an opportunity to introduce higher standards.

This event will focus on the inclusion of human rights and democracy clauses in the upcoming EU-UK deal after Brexit and the role of NHRIs and equality bodies in this respect.

Organised by: ENNHRI, Equinet and the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Hosted by: Sajjad Haider Karim MEP, alongside Heidi Hautala MEP and Jean Lambert MEP.

Click here to sign up.

For more information, contact: Nina Panikova

ENNHRI General Assembly & Annual Conference 2018 From 24 to 25 October 2018

ENNHRI’s Annual Conference will take place on 25 October 2018 in Athens, Greece. The central topic will be ’Building Bridges for Human Rights - NHRIs as Human Rights Defenders’. The Concept Note for the Annual Conference can be found here.

GANHRI’s 13th International Conference in Morocco From 10 to 12 October 2018

This year, GANHRI’s 13th International Conference will take place between 10-12 October 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco on “Expanding the civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a specific focus on women: the role of NHRIs”.

Due to limited venue capacity, the conference is open by invitation only. To register please use the online form by following this linkbefore 31 July 2018.

There might be a possibility to get financial support for the travel and accommodation of NHRI representatives coming from ’least developed countries’. NHRIs needing financial support can get in touch with the Moroccan NHRI by contacting Ms Ghizlane Kabbaj

Other information on the conference can be found on the conference webpage or by sending an email to conference@ganhri.org.

CRPD WG Meeting & ENNHRI-Equinet Training From 2 to 4 October 2018

The Working Group Meeting on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place on 2 October in Riga, Latvia, followed by a joint ENNHRI-Equinet Training from 3 to 4 October. See event description and photos here.

ENNHRI Human Rights and Conflict Project - Workshop on Counter-terrorism From 11 to 13 September 2018

ENNHRI will organise on 11 to 13 September 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a Workshop on the human rights implications of counter-terrorism measures. Participating NHRIs will be able to share best practices and discuss their advisory functions in relation tot the new anti-terrorist and criminal legislation and policy compliance with human rights standards. More information will be available soon on the Project Microsite.

All relevant documents for this ENNHRI event will be available in September.

ENNHRI Communications Working Group From 5 to 6 July 2018

The ENNHRI Communications Working Group will gather this year between 5-6 July in Berlin. More information will be available soon on the ENNHRI website.

8th Annual Tripartite Partnership Review Meeting UNDP | GANHRI |OHCHR Friday 22 June 2018

In the framework of the 2018 UNDP Annual Meeting (on Strengthening the Rule of Law for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development) one day is dedicated to the Tripartite Partnership Review Meeting.

the meeting will include global updates on developments and perspectives from the Regional networks: Key trends and forward looking priorities, strategic planning processes, opportunities for partnership in Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe.

ENNHRI Secretary General Debbie Kohner and ENNHRI Chair, Lora Vidovic, are attending the meeting.

NHRI Academy From 4 to 8 June 2018

The Annual NHRI Academy is taking place this year in Finland. The topics of this edition are:

  • Legislative reviews and human rights impact assessments; and
  • The role of NHRIs in promoting and protecting human rights defenders, including as concerns their access to justice.
Economic and Social Rights Working Group Meeting Tuesday 15 May 2018
Joint CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-Equinet ESCR & OPRE Platforms From 15 to 16 May 2018
GANHRI Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) Meeting From 14 to 18 May 2018
Thematic Sessions of the Preparatory Process for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migrations Thursday 3 May 2018

On 3 May, in Berlin, GANHRI brings together NHRIs from across the world to identify concrete actions and implement the Global Compact on Migration.

"Human Rights & Conflict" Project events: Capacity Building workshop and Sub-regional meeting From 23 to 27 April 2018

The first capacity building workshop under the Human Rights and Conflict Project will be focusing on the protection of the rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and will take place on 23-25 April. The workshop will be followed by a Sub-regional meeting on 26-27 April and will look into the specific human rights challenges of NHRIs operating in (post) conflict situations in Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus. Participation in the events is by invitation only.

NHRI.EU Workshop on Business and Human Rights From 26 to 28 March 2018

The workshop is part of the Blended Learning Course on business and human rights organised in the framework of the NHRI.EU project. 15 staff from across the ENNHRI membership have been selected for the course. More information on the course, the NHRI.EU project and the selection criteria is available here.

Beyond jargon: Reframing our communication on human rights Tuesday 6 March 2018

A Human Rights Council side event - will bring together leaders of the human rights bodies, to discuss concrete ways of re-thinking and re-shaping communication on human rights. The event is jointly organised by ENNHRI, Council of Europe, GANHRI, FRA and OHCHR and is open to UN press corps and public registered at HRC, English only.

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Workshop on Monitoring and Reporting From 5 to 7 March 2018

A three day face-to-face workshop organised between 5-7 March 2018 in Chișinău, Moldova. This is the second stage of the course on monitoring and reporting, organised by the Danish Institute for Human rights and ENNHRI under the NHRI.EU project. More information about the course is available here.

GANHRI General Meeting and Conference From 21 to 23 February 2018

This year’s GANHRI General Meeting and Conference will take place on 21-23 February in Geneva. More information is available on GANHRI website.

ENNHRI General Assembly meeting Wednesday 21 February 2018

ENNHRI’s GA meeting will take place on 21 February during the GANHRI Annual meeting. Documents and agenda available now on the Members Area.

ENNHRI - FRA Workshop on EU Charter From 6 to 7 February 2018

ENNHRI Members participate on 6 and 7 February in a training on the use of the EU Charter jointly organised with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in Vienna.
About 40 staff members from 25 European NHRIs will look at different applications of the Charter in the field of asylum and migration, the rights of persons of with disabilities, and the social pillar and will discuss further cooperation in this field with the FRA. The training will be followed by a meeting of ENNHRI Legal Working Group.

Advisory Group Meeting -Human Rights and Conflict Project Wednesday 31 January 2018

Meeting of the Advisory Group of ENNHRI’s Human Rights and Conflict Project (by invitation only)

Stakeholders’ engagement meeting - Human Rights and Conflict Project Tuesday 30 January 2018

First stakeholders’ engagement meeting within ENNHRI’s project on the Role of NHRIs in Situations of Conflict and Post-Conflict (“Human Rights and Conflict”), by invitation only. At the meeting, European NHRIs operating in (post)conflict environments will discuss their work, challenges, and vision for cooperation with numerous international and regional stakeholders.

E-learning course on Monitoring and Reporting From 22 January to 15 February 2018

A facilitated e-learning course, organised under the NHRI.EU project, which will take up around 2-3 hours per week between 22 January - 15 February 2018.
The course will be followed by a face-to-face workshop which will take place in March 2018 in Chișinău, Moldova.
The course is available for 15 staff from across the ENNHRI membership who have applied by the deadline of 8 dec.
More information on the course, the NHRI.EU project and the selection criteria is available in the course brochure.

Blended Learning Course on Business and Human Rights From 19 December 2017 to 19 January 2018
  • A facilitated online course, which will take up around 2-3 hours per week between 22 January - 15 February 2018;
  • A three day face-to-face workshop between 26-28 March 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia;
  • An opportunity to apply for a grant of up to 15.000 euro for your NHRI to implement a project related to the courses’ theme.
    More information on the course, the NHRI.EU project and the selection criteria is available here.