The European Union Observation Mission rules Egyptian elections “in line with the law”

The Geneva Centre congratulates the Arab Republic of Egypt for administering its 2014 presidential elections in line with the law.

Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election of 27-29th May, winning 93.3 percent of votes cast with most ballots counted after three days of voting. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, gained 3 percent while 3.7 percent of votes were declared void.

Information and Communications Technologies: The Problem of Inclusive Development

The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development is currently in its seventeenth session in Geneva. The Geneva Centre reports on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT’s) for inclusive social and economic development, and notes the important role played by these technologies in human rights advancement in the Middle East and North Africa.

Working Group on the Right to Development: The Need for Global Partnerships

The right to development can be rooted in the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the two International Human Rights Covenants, and we welcome the 15th session of the Working Group established to monitor and review progress made in the promotion and implementation of the right to development as an opportunity to develop operational sub criteria to the Declaration.

Human Rights and Business: The Case of Foreign Occupation

The Working Group was established at the seventeenth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011, and the Geneva Centre welcomes its 8th session as an important opportunity to ensure that respecting human rights becomes a global standard for all businesses wherever they operate, and one that exists independently of states abilities to fulfil their own human rights obligations and above compliance with national legislation.

Hate Crime Conference in Austria Calls for Legal Recognition to Combat Anti-Islamic Prejudice

Speaking at a conference about hate crime, Austrian Religious Affairs Director Fuad Sanac told Anadolu Agency that Muslims faced problems related to wedding ceremonies, funerals and other Islamic traditions not being legally accepted. Sanac said: “We demand the same rights offered to Jews, Catholics, Protestants and the Buddhist communities.”

International Worker’s Day and Forced Labour

International Worker’s Day commemorates a time of civil unrest in the late nineteenth century when workers in industrialised countries demonstrated for improved working conditions, wage raises and the establishment of a maximum working day and week. Many of the demonstrations were suppressed with force. The rights that demonstrators fought for at that time are featured in the preamble to the original ILO Constitution and are still current today.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Commends Achievements of Women in UAE

She reported that this achievement acknowledges the ways in which Emirati women have been enabled to excel in the workplace, in social and family life, as educators, and as shapers of an evolving global culture. She also emphasised that this finding represents an important opportunity to work towards a stronger and more equal society for all states in the MENA region.

“People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice, and Development”: The International Decade for People of African Descent

From 7th to 17th April 2014, the United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action met to develop a programme of activities for the International Decade for People of African Descent. The Geneva Centre expresses its support for the initiative and outlines the background and objectives of the decade ahead.

State of Palestine Submits Application to Accede to 15 International Conventions and Treaties

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