13 November 2017, GENEVA - A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue – an international think tank holding special consultative status with UN ECOSOC – and the world renowned Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford.

The agreement was signed on 10 November by the Geneva Centre’s Executive Director Ambassador Idriss Jazairy and the founder Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Dr. Farhan Nizami. The signature ceremony was held at the premises of the Oxford Centre in the presence of the Geneva Centre’s Chairman Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim. 

The Memorandum of Understanding lays the foundation for a collaborative partnership between both Centres in the holding of joint panel debates at the United Nations Office in Geneva or at Oxford University on issues related to the promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The agreements also commits the parties to arrange and organize joint training programmes in relation to the promotion of human rights, peace and sustainable development in the Middle East and the North Africa region.

The Geneva Centre’s Chairman H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim was pleased with the signing of the partnership agreements stating that “the Centre is committed to promote and advance human rights in the Arab region with leading educational institutions worldwide. We share a common mission with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to act as a meeting point between the Arab region and the West and encourage global dialogue on the values of justice, tolerance and respect of others.”

The Geneva Centre’s Executive Director Ambassador Jazairy added that the partnership with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is an opportunity to “build bridges between Islam and Christianity and to enhance dialogue between a variety of stakeholders involved in the promotion and protection of human rights both in the Arab region and the West alike.”

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, established by Royal Charter. It operates under the patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Its role is to promote the academic study of all aspects of Islamic culture and civilisation and of contemporary Muslim societies in their global context. In doing so, it seeks to bring together scholars and others from different cultures and traditions in an atmosphere of mutual respect to promote international dialogue.

The partnership between the Geneva Centre and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies marks a step forward in the development of both Centres’ ambitions to promote a value-driven human rights system and to address prevailing misunderstandings affecting Muslim-Christian relations through the advancement of equal and inclusive citizenship rights worldwide.

The Geneva Centre has signed similar cooperation agreements with other Centres of Excellence such as the EU Business School (07 November 2017) and the European Public Law Organization (11 September 2017) in its quest to advance human rights through research and academia.

From left to right, Founder Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Dr. Farhan Nizami, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim and the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre Ambassador Idriss Jazairy are pictured here in this photo during the signature ceremony. 

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About the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Social Dialogue:

The Geneva Centre, an organization with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is a think tank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, religious and civilizational dialogue between the Global North and Global South, and through training of the upcoming generations of stakeholders in the Arab region. The Centre works towards a value-driven human rights system, steering clear of politicization and building bridges between different narratives thereon of the Global North and of the Global South. Its aim is to act as a platform for dialogue between a variety of stakeholders involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.

For more information, please visit http://www.gchragd.org/

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