The Geneva Centre calls for concerted efforts to stop the activity of armed groups, combat terrorism, and empower the legitimate Libyan institutions

The Geneva Centre strongly condemns the flagrant violations of human rights carried out by radical terrorist groups in Libya, which involve violent systematic acts targeting innocent civilians and diplomatic missions, including the demolition and burning of the house of the Libyan Permanent Representative to UN Office at NewYork Ibrahim Dabbashi on 16 September 2014. This event follows other previous kidnappings and murder attacks on members of more than twenty diplomatic mission, as well as representatives of humanitarian and international organizations. In this context, the Geneva Centre calls for the need to restore security, bring peace, and support the legitimate Libyan institutions including the Parliament elected in last June.

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.

H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim wishes to welcome H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein as new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

On 1st September 2014, H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein from Jordan assumed his functions as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, following the General Assembly’s approval, on 16 June, of his appointment by the UN Secretary-General. It is a turning point in the history of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, led for the first time since its creation in 1993 by an Asian, Muslim and Arab.

“Culture has a leading role in supporting the promotion of intercultural dialogue”: H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, in his meeting with Mr. Sylvain Thévoz, Advisor for Culture and Community Action at Ville de Genève

H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, has met with Mr. Sylvain Thévoz, Member of the Municipal Council and Advisor for Culture and Community Action at Ville de Genève, in order to discuss areas of cooperation, notably in the cultural field. Their attention was particularly drawn by the importance of organising and developing activities and programmes aimed to enhance cultural exchanges as a means to dispel stereotypes. The ultimate goal is to promote tolerance between the different components of each community, and establish dialogue as a main factor of nations’ progress.

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.

First Observation of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons: Dignity for Victims of Human Trafficking

In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly decided by its Resolution 68/192 “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons” to observe July 30th as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The rationale behind the choice of this date lies in the fact that the UN Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, the first universal and comprehensive document concerning the issue of combating human trafficking, was adopted on July 30th, in 2010. The Global Plan of Action, which calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations’ broader programmes to boost development and strengthen security around the world, was defined by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a clarion call” of the need to take immediate steps “to stop this terrible crime against human dignity, which shames us all”.