Mar 21 2016
Past event

URG Human Rights Council programme for journalists

In the context of the URG’s broader media engagement project, during the last week of the 31st session of the Council, the URG brought 7 independent journalists, from Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Tunisia, Turkey, Georgia and Sri Lanka to Geneva to follow developments, especially during voting. During their time in Geneva, the journalists had briefing sessions with URG analysts, key Ambassadors and diplomats, and a representative of the OHCHR. They also held information exchange sessions with a selection of Geneva-based human rights NGOs, including ISHR, UPR Info and Article 19, as well as with Geneva press correspondents.

This is the first of three media visits/workshops planned for 2016. The others will take place during the 32nd session of the Council in June and the 33rd session in September. At the end of the year, URG will publish the findings of a year-long media survey, to understand public interest in and perceptions of the Council.


Selection of Press articles on HRC published by journalists following URG capacity-building programme

Daniella Sánchez Russo, “Cárceles: ¿un sistema fallido?” El Espectador (Colombia), 8th April 2016

Daniella Sánchez Russo, “Ojos puestos sobre Burundi,” El Espectador (Colombia), 2nd April 2016

Juan Pittaluga, “Uruguay impulsa en Naciones Unidas medidas contra la tortura, con informes sobre tratos inhumanos en el país como antecedente,” Busqueda (Uruguay), 31st March 2016

Emine Kart, “Turkey leads resolution in favor of peaceful protest in Geneva,” Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey), 31st March 2016

Shiran Illanperuma, “UN report highlights caste-based discrimination in Sri Lanka,” Daily FT (Sri Lanka), 25th March 2016

Emine Kart, “Syria considerations confine calls for accountability in Geneva bubble,” Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey), 25th March 2016

Daniella Sánchez Russo, “La amenaza paramilitar,” El Espectador (Colombia), 25th March 2016

Najla Kalai, “Le CDH vote pour la résolution sur les effets négatifs du non-rapatriment des fonds d’origine illicite,” Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (Tunisia), 24th March 2016

Emine Kart, “Possible shift of freedom, security balance grips UN human rights body,” Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey), 24th March 2016

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