28 August 2017 – The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue is pleased to announce the publication of its newsletter “Human Rights Without Prejudice” as part of its efforts to encourage global dialogue between decision-makers of the Global North and of the Global South.     

Following the introductory remarks by the Chairman of the Geneva Centre Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, the present issue of the newsletter includes the outcomes of research written by the Geneva Centre’s Executive Director Ambassador Idriss Jazairy on the ideas and the teachings of the founder of modern Algeria Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy. The Geneva Centre’s Executive Director comments on the spiritual heritage of the founder of modern Algeria, Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy, whose contributions to human rights and humanitarian law have not been given adequate recognition in modern history

The newsletter also contains a detailed summary of the Centre’s most recent activities in relation to the organization of panel debates at the United Nations Office in Geneva. The outcomes of the 15 March panel debate “Islam and Christianity, the Great Convergence: Working Jointly Towards Equal Citizenship Rights” as well as the 12 May panel debate “Human Rights: Enhancing Equal Citizenship Rights in Education” are available to the readers. It also reports on the decision of the United Nations Social and Economic Council to confer upon the Geneva Centre its special consultative status on 26 July 2017 in recognition of its achievements since the Centre’s creation in November 2014.

Statements issued by Dr. Al Qassim in relation to international commemorative days observed by the United Nations as well as major press announcements made by the Centre in its efforts to promote and advance human rights in the Arab region have received special mention.

“Human Rights Without Prejudice” likewise integrates contributions on topics related to human rights and humanitarian law. In this regard, the following experts provided the Centre with their insights:

  • Dr. Mohammed A’shoor, Professor at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi: “Protection of Civilians during Armed Conflicts”
  • Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody, Legal Adviser (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Assistant Professor at the Al-Azhar University (Cairo, Egypt): “Rights of Civilians and Non-combatants in Time of War according to the Shari’a”
  • Dr. Alsayed Ali Abu Farha, College of Politics and Economics, Beni Sweif University: “Protection of Civilians in Yemen and Syria: Humanitarian Efforts in Grey Contexts”

An overview of innovative books addressing issues related to international law can also be accessed in the newsletter.

Download the latest edition of the Geneva Centre’s newsletter by clicking on the following link:  Newsletter: Human Rights Without Prejudice. Issue No. 1 2017

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