Framing migration from a human rights perspective

Online course

About the course:


This online course is based on the first online NHRI Academy conducted in October 2020 and focuses on the use of NHRIs’ promotional mandate when framing migration from a human rights perspective. It discusses human rights narrative to migration and includes sessions on promoting human rights of migrants to the public and policy makers, providing participants with a toolkit for modern, safe, innovative and human rights-based communication about migration issues.

All the materials included in this course are in English and English subtitles are provided for all the course’s videos

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Meet the trainers

Jonas Grimheden

Programme Manager at Fundamental Rights Agency

Jonas Grimheden manages the FRA’s programme on Supporting human rights systems, which includes NHRIs, civil society, rule of law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, relations with the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the European External Action Service. He leads on the European Union Fundamental Rights Information System. He worked in human rights research, teaching, technical cooperation and capacity building. He opened and ran the first field office of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights. He has a BA in East- and South-east Asian Studies, a Swedish law degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate in human rights law.

Eva Sobotka

Programme Officer, Independent
Human Rights Bodies at Fundamental Rights Agency

Eva Sobotka manages relations with the National Human Rights Bodies and their networks. She leads the study on the Situation of NHRIs in the EU and accession countries. She previously headed FRA Cooperation and Consultation sector and managed the first Fundamental Rights Forum in 2016. She worked in human rights research, capacity building and education, Roma inclusion, antisemitism, Holocaust education, disability, EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. She worked previously for AFSC, as Director of regional office. She holds MA in Political Science (Central European University) and PhD in politics and international relations from Lancaster University.

Grigorios Tsioukas

Programme Officer,
Seconded National Expert at Fundamental Rights Agency

Grigorios Tsioukas works with the Research and Data Unit for the Fair and Equal Societies Programme of the Agency. Grigorios Tsioukas is a Ph.D lawyer and his postgraduate studies focused on human rights, immigration and citizenship. ln the past he has also worked as legal adviser for the Greek Ministry of the Interior and the regional government of Crete. Currently he works on issues related to social rights, immigrant integration and social inclusion, as well as fundamental rights conditionalities to access EU Funds.

Géraldine Guille

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building  at Fundamental Rights Agency

Géraldine Guille’s work focuses on engagement with local and regional authorities in the EU, including partners such as the European Committee of the Regions and cities’ networks. She also supports FRA work on unlawful profiling. She engages and closely cooperates with a broad range of FRA stakeholders at international, European, EU, national and local levels. She has been working with the Agency and its predecessor, EUMC, since 2006 in the areas of online communication, co-operation and networking. She holds a Research Masters in European Law from the University of Law of Aix-en-Provence in France

Pablo Rojas Coppari

Former Migration & Freedom of Movement Adviser at OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Dr Pablo Rojas Coppari was the Migration and Freedom of Movement Adviser at ODIHR. He worked as Senior Policy & Research Officer at the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) focusing on irregular migration and trafficking for forced labour and as Third Secretary in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He completed his PhD in the field of migration policy and labour market precarity at the Maynooth University. He was a member of the Advisory Panel to the EU FRA Director and chair of the Expert Group on Labour Rights for the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants.

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Eóin Young

Co-founder and Programme Director at International Centre for Policy Advocacy (ICPA)

Eóin Young has worked mainly as a trainer and mentor in supporting the development of policy research, analysis & advocacy capacity in the NGO and governmental sectors in the EU & Eastern Europe and Central Asia for more than 15 years. Eóin leads the ICPA policy capacity development team and a newer programme to support advocates in reframing public narratives in seemingly intractable, highly emotional issues, such as migration and shrinking civic space. Eóin is co-author of the recently launched ICPA Reframing Migration Narratives Toolkit and has a multidisciplinary education in Mechanical Engineering & Sociolinguistics.

Thomas Coombes

Founder at Hope-based communications

Thomas Coombes is a human rights communicator and founder of hope-based communications, a global network that helps civil society groups find new ways to talk about their cause. Thomas left his role as Head of Brand and Deputy Communications Director at Amnesty International in 2019 to work with the wider human rights movements on developing new narratives that would reinforce support for progressive values. He has spent fifteen years working in political communications for the Berlin-based anti-corruption NGO Transparency International, the European Commission in Brussels and global PR firm Hill & Knowlton.

About the NHRI Academy:


The NHRI Academy brings together senior- and mid-level staff from National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) across the OSCE area for practical training on how to address particular challenges that NHRIs face in their work. It is an annual flagship event of ENNHRI and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

It provides tailored and practical training for continuing professional development of staff at NHRIs. The week-long event supports exchange of good practices amongst NHRIs and provides a platform for professional networking between NHRIs, ENNHRI, ODIHR, academia, civil society, Human Rights Defenders and other stakeholders.