Geneva Centre signs MoU with Arab League

On 20th November, the Geneva Centre achieved a remarkable milestone by signing a memorandum of understanding with the League of Arab States. By so doing, the Geneva Centre, represented on this occasion by its Executive Director Mr. Imad Zuhairi, and the League of Arab States, represented by the Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Kamlichi, paved the way for a long-lasting, comprehensive framework of cooperation.

Geneva Centre examines future cooperation with Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia

In the framework of strengthening the cooperation with human rights bodies in the Arab world, the Geneva Centre received a senior delegation from the Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia. The delegation was composed of: Dr. Issa  Shamakh, Member of the Board of the Human Rights Commission; Mr. Ahmad Yahya, Secretary of the Board of the Commission; Mr. Adel Khathlan, Counsel at the Office of the President of the Commission; Mr. Nayef Mualla, researcher in international human rights perspectives; and Mr. Mohamed Hammali, researcher in organizations management and International Relations at the Commission. The meeting was also attended by Counsel Khalid Almenzalawi, from the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN in Geneva.

The Geneva Centre and the Sultanate of Oman: A constructive cooperation for national and regional benefits

In the framework of the continuous efforts made by the Sultanate of Oman to enhance capacity building and develop political and legal institutions, H.E. Ambassador Abdullah Al-Rahbi, Permanent Representative of Oman to the United Nations in Geneva, organized a meeting with the Geneva Centre. The meeting was attended by a high-level Omani delegation representing more than twenty-four deputy Ministers, Governors and heads of Local Authorities, who were following an intensive training program in Switzerland, and by UN Senior Officials and Experts. The aim was to exchange views on generic human rights issues, as well as on the modalities to further enhance Oman’s involvement in the Human Rights Council and its related Mechanisms.

Geneva Centre to Cooperate with the League of Arab States

On the sidelines of the visit of a high-level ministerial Arab delegation to Switzerland, H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, has met with H.E. Dr. Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, in order to discuss future areas of cooperation and enhance coordination on Arab issues, particularly with regard to the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council and its related mechanisms.

The Geneva Centre signs MOU with DiploFoundation

DiploFoundation is a non-profit organisation based in Malta, emerged from the need to introduce information and communications technology tools to the practice of diplomacy. Its mission is to improve global governance and international policy development, and increase international accountability and inclusivity, the legitimacy of international policymaking, as well as the power of small and developing states to influence their own futures and development.

Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim: “To mark the fiftieth anniversary of its establishment, we are working on strengthening the system of Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council”

In the framework of the efforts made by the Geneva Centre to develop and strengthen the existing international human rights mechanisms, notably the system of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council almost fifty years after its establishment in 1967, H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Board of Management, held a number of meetings with various stakeholders. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss ways to galvanize and strengthen the system of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.

End of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council

On June 27th, 2014, the twenty-sixth session of the Human Rights Council reached its conclusion. The promotion and protection of all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – , including the right to development, have been discussed for the last two weeks in room XX of the Palais de Nations, Geneva.

Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Head of the Development and Global Initiatives Division, represents the Geneva Centre at the first seminar on the preparation of the World Forum on Human Rights in Marrakech

The Geneva Centre would like to commend the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting, in November 2014, the second edition of the World Forum on Human Rights. Thanks to the sponsorship of this event, Morocco reaffirms its willingness to contribute to the universalization of human rights, as well as to their full integration within the region, crossroads of continents and cultures.

Geneva Centre Meets with Avocats Sans Frontières

ASF is a non-profit organisation which works to contribute the towards the establishment of mechanisms that allow for access to independent and impartial justice, and which are capable of guaranteeing the protection of fundamental rights. The organisation offers support to lawyers and bar associations in countries where human rights are not respected, where political violence and armed conflict reign, and where legal rules are flouted.

World Press Freedom Day 2014: End Attacks on the Media

Today also serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom – a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.

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