2017 World Health Day: Message by Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

7 April 2017 (GENEVA) – Today marks the 2017 World Health Day highlighting the importance of addressing the effects of depression on people’s health.

This year’s theme is a timely opportunity to shed light on an issue that has been neglected for decades despite that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 300 million people suffer from this malaise.

The Geneva Centre issues two new publications on Muslims in Europe and advancement of women’s rights in the Arab region

5 April 2017 (GENEVA) – Two new books entitled “Women’s Rights in the Arab Region: Myths and Realities” and “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony – Proceedings of the UN Geneva side event held on 19 September 2016 and lessons learned” have been published this week by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“The Geneva Centre”).

2017 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

Message by Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“The Geneva Centre”)

24 March 2017 (GENEVA) – The 2017 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims recognises the importance of promoting justice to victims who have experienced gross human rights violations.

2017 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Message by the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“The Geneva Centre”) Ambassador Idriss Jazairy

21 March 2017 (GENEVA) – The 2017 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and this year’s theme addressing racial profiling and incitement to hatred, in the context of migration, comes at a timely moment.

The Minister of State for Tolerance of the UAE visits the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

20 March 2017 (GENEVA) – The UAE Minister of State for Tolerance H.E. Sheikha Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi paid a visit to the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue’s office in Geneva (“The Geneva Centre”) ahead of the side-event on the topic of “Islam and Christianity, the Great Convergence: Working Jointly Towards Equal Citizenship Rights” held on 15 March at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

International Day of Happiness 2017: Message by Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

20 March 2017 (Geneva) - Today marks the 2017 International Day of Happiness which was proclaimed in 2012 by the United Nations (UN) as an international day.

It is celebrated throughout the world with the aim of capturing the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in societies.

The renowned Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that happiness is the moral compass of humanity:

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

International Women’s Day 2017: Message by Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

GENEVA, March 08, 2017 - “Our job is to provide an environment that unlocks women’s potential – one that protects their dignity and femininity, helps them create the necessary balance in their lives, and values their talents and potential. Given this environment, I am confident that women will perform nothing short of miracles.”

In every layer of humanity, women have made significant contributions to the development of our societies whether in politics, law or science.

World Day of Social Justice 2017: Message by Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

GENEVA, February 20, 2017 - The distressing images of desperate people making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans to escape armed conflict, social tensions, discrimination and poverty harm the preconditions to achieve social harmony.

This humanitarian crisis is the result of decades of freewheeling globalization with no concern for social justice in all countries. One of its consequences is social upheavals and mass exodus.

The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre: Emir Abd el Qader is a source of inspiration for inter-religious tolerance

Oxford, February 15, 2017 – The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“Geneva Centre”), Mr. Idriss Jazairy, praised the ideas and teachings of the Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy that can be used as a source of inspiration to address contemporary issues related to international human rights law and humanitarian law.

Opening of the 31th session of the Human Rights Council and High Level Segment

In the framework of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council and from the highest interest and greatest attention dedicated  to its activities, the Geneva centre keenly followed the main events that took place during the first week of the current HRC session. To get more details about the subject please click on this link : The 31th session of the Human Rights Council and High Level Segment

“Political stability must be achieved to overcome the ‘refugee crisis’” – stated H. E. Dr. Hanif Al Qassim

In early January, during an interview with Gulf News in Dubai, H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, stated that political stability must be achieved to overcome the ‘refugee crisis’, as the primary cause of recent refugee flows is States’ vulnerability.

Geneva Centre participates in the Annual Conference of the White Ribbon Campaign Switzerland

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.

Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders: 22nd Award ceremony

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.

Vacancy: Executive Director

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.

Gross Human Rights violations perpetrated by Boko Haram

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.

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