L'oeil de la Genève Internationale
February 2016

The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Geneva, THE Port Association and Impact Hub Geneva will host their hackathon in the field of human rights, on the 26 and 27 February 2016. The Human Rights DiploHack event will bring together diplomats and human rights experts with tech developers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all over Europe and beyond, to experiment and innovate on projects that directly impact people’s lives.

From the multidisciplinary expertise of the participants, teams will be formed to work on two challenges presented by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): “How can Human Right Defenders collect and transport evidence in a safe way?” and “Does a photo or video tell the ‘truth?”. The result will be presented at the Palais des Nations, on 29 February during a side event open to the public on the occasion of the Human Rights Council’s 31st session. For accreditation to this side event, non-UN-badge holders are invited to contact the organizers before 24 February.

Filip Singer, from the European PressPhoto Agency, is the author of this photograph taken on 2 October 2015, near Skala Sikaminias in Lesbos Island in Greece. It was shown in December 2015, during the exhibition "Can you picture Freedom?" conducted by OHCHR as part of its campaign launch “Our rights, our freedoms, always”. The year-long campaign celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Human Rights Covenants. The entire exhibition is featured on the special 50th Anniversary website