Civil society reception to honour the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


Civil society reception

to honour the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Monday 21 July, 2014

18h30 – 21h00

1 rue de Varembé, Geneva

In September, Navanethem Pillay will finish her term as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Since her appointment in 2008, Ms Pillay has been a principled and dedicated advocate for the promotion of universal human rights, the protection of human rights defenders, accountability for perpetrators of human rights violations, and access to justice for victims.
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Together with Amnesty International, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Conectas Direitos Humanos, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, FORUM-ASIA and Human Rights Watch, the International Service for Human Rights is pleased to invite you to a civil society reception in Ms Pillay’s honour.

The reception will provide an opportunity to thank Ms Pillay for the instrumental role she has played in the global human rights movement and to celebrate with the human rights community.

We kindly request that you RSVP for this event by Wednesday 16 July using this link. We very much hope to see you at our reception.


Human Rights Defender of the month: Veronica Almedom

Veronica Almedom is a poster child of successful immigration. A duo Eritrean and Swiss citizen, she was born in Italy, and grew up in Switzerland where she permanently resides. Her parents are some of the earliest victims of Eritrea’s cycles of violence. When Eritrea’s war of independence peaked in the early 1980s, they escaped the country as unaccompanied minors, wandering through Sudan, Saudi Arabia, before making the hazard journey across the Mediterranean into Europe. There, they crossed first to Italy, and finally, to Switzerland, where they settled first as refugees, and later, as permanent residents.