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30.04.2019 On April 19-20, 2019 a training course on Effective Advocacy at the United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms took place in Moscow

On April 19-20, 2019 a training course on Effective Advocacy at the United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms took place in Moscow.

The two-day event gathered 21 representatives of human rights organisations and law firms from 4 Russian regions including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod Region, Mariy Al Republic.

The training course was led by the lawyer at Van Doorne, President of the House of Amsterdam Dvokat (2013–2018) Peter Van Regteren Altena, lawyers at Kennedy van der Laan, members of Lawyers for Lawyers Christian WildemanEmil JurjensTamilla Abdula-Aliyeva, Isabella Roosprogram coordinator for Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation Sophie De Graaf. Separate sessions were delivered by the Institute for Law and Public Policy senior lawyers Olga Podoplelova and Natalia Sekretareva.

 

It is a unique course that allows participants to learn about the ways different bodies and procedures of the United Nations (UN) operate and the opportunities they provide to protect and promote human rights at the national level. It involved instructive lectures and interactive sessions that covered the following topics:

· how to elaborate strategies relating to specific human rights matters;

· how to engage more effectively with the UN human rights bodies and prepare for possible cooperation; and

· how to follow up on the UN recommendations to promote respect for the protection of human rights at the national level.

Day One was introduction to the UN structure and functions emphasising the role of the UN Human Rights Council and its mechanisms. 

  

  

Participants during two days of training

Day Two was review of communications about real-life cases which participants were asked to produce for one of the UN mechanisms or organs with human rights competences. Each communication was carefully analysed. Participants received recommendations on the best course of action and case presentation.

Participants receiving certificates upon completion of the course

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