At its annual conference on 2-3 September 2016 the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) expressed its deep concern about the actions and threats of actions of an increasing number of States to restrain and even foreclose academic freedom.
Association of Human Rights Institutes
WG I deals with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the treaty body system, and the new Human Rights Council. This includes most prominently the reform of the treaty bodies.
Working Group II focuses on the idea of "One UN" (and the role of the EU therein) and on a human rights based approach to development (strengthening of national human rights institutions).
Working Group 3 concerns the United Nations and its human rights work in a greater context, looking particularly at the human rights potential of partnership approaches and development cooperation, and at how the EU and its Member States may work through these modalities to promote human rights in accordance with EU objectives and the UN Charter.
On March 12th 2013 at 11am Manfred Nowak will present the final recommendations of the COST Action IS0702 regarding “The role of the EU in UN human rights reform” together with Wolfgang Benedek (Director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz (ETC)), Wouter Vandenhole (Chair in Human Rights - UNICEF Chair in Children‘s Rights, University of Antwerp), Jan Wouters (Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of International Law, Director of Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven), in Brussels in the EEAS Capital building to COHOM (human rights working group) und EEAS (European External Action Service) of the EU.
Final Conference of the COST Action IS0702 “The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform”, 13th AHRI (Association of Human Rights Institutes) Conference
10-12 September 2012, Vienna
For many years the United Nations has been discussing the need of strengthening the protection and implementation of human rights by inter alia mainstreaming human rights in all policy areas, developing partnerships with business corporations, treaty body and Human Rights Council reform. Traditionally, the European Union has been one of the most outspoken advocates of a stronger role of human rights in the United Nations architecture. With the Arab Spring and other more recent reform movements the UN seems to be ready for stronger action to protect human rights.