On 8th December 2015, the White Ribbon Campaign Switzerland (Ruban Blanc – Campagne Suisse) on raising awareness on violence against women held its Annual Conference on the theme “Creating an idea whose time has come – the elimination of violence against women and girls” (“Créer une idée dont le temps est venu – l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes”). The Geneva Centre, represented by Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Executive Director a.i. and Swiss White Ribbon Ambassador, was invited to join the conference and contribute to the discussion.
To mark the International Tolerance Day, Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Executive Director a. i. of the Geneva Centre, participated in a conference organized by Youth for Human Rights International on 14th November 2015, entitled If Tolerance meant Respect and Sharing… (“Si Tolérance signifiait Respect et Partage…”).
On 6th October, the 22nd Martin Ennals Award ceremony took place at the University of Geneva, in the framework of the Human Rights Week.
The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders was created in 1993, in order to encourage human rights defenders who are at risk and therefore in need of immediate protection. The goal was and is, still today, to provide special protection to human rights defenders by drawing international media attention on their plight.
The Geneva Centre is seeking to employ an experienced and dynamic professional for the Executive Director position, reporting directly to the Board of Management. The Executive Director (ED), who is appointed for a three-year term, is responsible for achieving the Centre’ mission and strategic plan.
Geneva Centre welcomes students from Boston University in view of promoting dialogue among civilizations
On June 15th, the Geneva Centre received 13 International Relations students from Boston University, in the framework of a Geneva-based summer school in Conflicts Resolution. The meeting aimed to brief the students about opportunities and challenges for dialogue among civilizations, as well as to present the work of the Geneva Centre in this area.
After the shameful public demonstrations conducted by the PEGIDA (“Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”) movement, Germany has witnessed the umpteenth episode of racism and discrimination against migrants. Again, the main target is the Muslim community.
As details start to emerge of a fresh set of attacks perpetrated by terrorist group Boko Haram, the situation in Nigeria seems to be deteriorating. Hundreds of people have been found murdered in North-Eastern Nigeria on Monday. The violence seems to have spread beyond Nigeria’s borders; Chad, Niger and Cameroon have all been under attack from Boko Haram, where heinous attacks have been committed injuring and killing hundreds.
The Geneva Centre calls for strengthening of International Cooperation to solve migration challenges
In view of the instabilities that plague Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, it is feared that on Sunday 19th April, at least 700 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. According to UNHCR, in 2015 alone, 1600 migrants have died attempting fate in search for greener pastures. The majority of migrants head for the Italian coast, escaping the horrors of the war in Libya.
The Geneva Centre emphasizes the need to draw interpretations from the important declaration made by the UN High Commissioner in his opening remarks at the 28th session of Human Rights Council
It has been several months since the Human Rights Council convened to convey strength in the bond forged with the drawing of the Charter of the United Nations 70 years ago.
In the context of the commemoration of the World Day of Social Justice on 20th February 2015, as declared by General Assembly Resolution A/RES/62/10 on 26th November 2007, the Geneva Centre acknowledges that “(…) social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations (…)”.