The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is an international human rights law competition for undergraduate law students from all over the world. It aims to create a platform for debate on cross-cutting human rights issues, as well as for exchange and cooperation between students, academics and experts from various legal backgrounds.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women “Action for Equality, Development and Peace” (Beijing, 1995), which will be commemorated on the occasion of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, a UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) review meeting took place on 6th and 7th November in Geneva. The meeting addressed key areas of progress and challenges concerning the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the UN ECE member States, and discussed ways to strengthen gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda.
Democratization process in Africa, as anywhere else, invoked transitional justice principles in order to redress legacies of human rights abuses in a manner that respects and protects the dignity of survivors and their relatives, without threatening future peace and security.
On Friday 25th July, the Geneva Centre had the honour to host an event organized in collaboration with the World Poetry Movement. On this occasion, eight poets read out their own works focusing on the promotion of peace, social justice and intercultural dialogue.
The Geneva Centre will collaborate with the University of Pretoria for the organisation of the 6th World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement hosted a panel discussion at the side-lines of the United Nations Human Rights Council to discuss the opportunities and challenges for women’s education in the Arab World.
“Opportunities and Challenges for Women’s Education in the Arab World”: Panel Discussion at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council
The Geneva Centre is hosting a panel discussion on
“Opportunities and Challenges for Women’s Education in the Arab World” at the United Nations on 16 June 2014.
Zayed University Students Graduate from Geneva Centre Training Programme in ‘Human Rights and Global Dialogue’
At the closing ceremony, Geneva Centre Chairman Dr Hanif Al Qassim noted that “investing in the education of young women is one of the most effective ways to reduce gender discrimination and work towards a just and equal society.” Obaid Al Zaabi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, expressed his admiration for the way in which the Geneva Centre programme had been conducted, and for the responsiveness of the students involved.
Mr Eric Tistounet, the Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), discussed the work of the Human Rights Council. He emphasised that “no country is free from human rights violations” and that membership of the council cannot be restricted to only those countries signatory to all international conventions, as “we all have a duty to be held accountable and a right to be provided with opportunities to develop”.
This third day of the Geneva Centre’s human rights training course for Zayed University students began with a series of lectures by Ms Claire Frances Mahon, the Founder at Director of Te Atawhai Nations and Global Human Rights. Ms Mahon discussed the legal and institutional efforts to confront violence against women and protect the rights of vulnerable groups such as refugees and migrant workers. She also discussed the difficulties of transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations, including the ongoing Syrian conflict.
Dr Pierre Hazan, Professor at the University of Neuchâtel, presented on the role of the media in promoting and protecting human rights, and invited students to consider the selectivity bias of international and regional news agencies. He also analysed the role of the media in promoting hatred, racism, and xenophia, and stressed the urgent need to correct these narratives as “information provided by the media shapes our reality”.
The course began with a series of lectures by Judge Fatsah Ouguergouz, the Vice President of the African Court of Human and People’s Rights and Senior Advisor at the Geneva Centre . Judge Ouguergouz explained the philosophical and historical origins of human rights, their basis in international humanitarian law, and ways in which we can work towards a “culture of human rights”.
The course for female students from Zayed University will run from the 29th of March to the 5th April, and features lectures by senior UN officals including Eric Tistounet, Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and H.E Mr. Baudelaire Ndong Ella, President of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
What is the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion for human rights?
The event aims to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Egypt on its roadmap to democracy, and to provide a space where the aspirations of its people can be voiced.
Al Ittihad news agency reports on the success of the Geneva Centre’s human rights training program for students from the United Arab Emirates University. They emphasise the need for constructive intercultural dialogue in order to make human rights a reality on the ground in the Middle East and North Africa Region.