On 20th November 2015, within the context of the Geneva Peace Week, the Freedom of Religion International Center (FRICE) and Association Miraisme International organized a Forum on Religion and Peacebuilding. The Geneva Centre, represented by Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Executive Director a. i., was invited to join the discussion. Among the other panellists were: Mr. Enrique Montes, President of Association Miraisme International; Prof. Kevin Clements, Chair and Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago; Mr. Carlos A. Baena, Former Senator in Colombia and founder of FRICE); Prof. Khinder Domle, Media Director of University of Duhok; Dr. Paolo Lorenzo Gamba, Former Counsellor EU Commission on faith-based organizations; and Dr. Michael Mutzner, Permanent Representative of the World Evangelical Alliance.
During the past few weeks, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks took place in Sinai, Beirut, and Paris. The so-called “Islamic State” has claimed responsibility over such atrocious and barbarian acts, and has threatened further action.
On 9th October, the 2015 ceremony of the Dies Academicus took place at the University of Geneva, before political and academic authorities.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the International Day of Peace, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue hosted a peace concert entitled “Pianists for Peace”, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations Office and other international organizations as well as with the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva.
Geneva Centre calls upon the international community to provide concerted responses to migration issues
The heartbreaking images of a Turkish gendarme cradling in his arms the lifeless body of a three-year old boy on a beach near a resort of Bodrum, on September 2nd, spread all around the world, arousing the concern of the international community. The young boy, whose brother and mother encountered the same bitter fate, was a Syrian migrant trying to escape, with his family, the imposed totalitarianism of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”. According to Turkish officials, 12 people died after two boats carrying a total of 23 people, of whom he was part, capsized after setting off from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula.
On June 30th, at the side-lines of the 29th regular session of the Human Rights Council, the Geneva Centre hosted a panel discussion entitled Children in Armed Conflict: The MENA as a Case Study.
5th Meeting of the Istanbul Process, in Jeddah: Another step towards a full and effective implementation of HRC Resolution 16/18
In July 2011, representatives of the international community gathered in Istanbul and initiated an intense process to expedite full and effective implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 (2001), entitled Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief. It was the beginning of the so-called “Istanbul Process”.
In 2002, in its resolution 57/129, the UN General Assembly decided to designate 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The rationale behind the choice of this date lies in the fact that 29th May coincides with the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), in 1948, in order to monitor the ceasefire after the Arab-Israeli War, which was the first UN peacekeeping mission ever.
The Geneva Centre joins UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in his call for firmer actions to combat racism and xenophobia
In light of recent events surrounding the deaths of 700 migrants in the Mediterranean, international outcry has surfaced over the release of an article published by British Tabloid newspaper ‘The Sun’ calling the migrants “cockroaches”.
At the side-lines of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council, which took place from March 2nd to 27th, 54 panel discussions were organized by Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva, and 154 side-events were hosted by NGOs as well as national human rights institutions (NHRIs).