Human Rights and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Strengthening the Bridge between Geneva and New York
26 Sep 2018 | New York, United States
Ahead of the end of his term as UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, noted “human rights violations are the sharp zig-zag lines of a seismograph flashing out warnings of a coming earthquake.” Often, that earthquake takes the form of mass atrocity crimes and/or armed conflict. Long-standing, persistent and widespread violations and abuses of populations’ human rights remains one of the most reliable early warning signs of genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity. As such, the protection of human rights is closely related to the prevention of mass atrocity crimes and the maintenance of international peace and security.
This event will explore existing challenges for strengthening the UN human rights pillar outside of Geneva, as well as concrete measures that member states and UN officials in New York and Geneva can take to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights are placed at the heart of the maintenance international peace and security and atrocity prevention.
Sign up to the event here before 25 September. Because of strict security relating to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, guests will need to arrive by 1:45pm and bring a photo ID, as well as a printed copy of the invitation to enter the building.