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).
The Geneva Centre celebrates World Poetry Day in its message to promote the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
During the 30th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference, held in Paris in 1999, the 21st March was declared as World Poetry Day.
The Geneva Centre strongly condemns the burning of a church and a mosque in the occupied State of Palestine
On February 25/26, in criminally motivated acts, Israeli settlers set fire to a church and a mosque in occupied Jerusalem. These deeds were then followed with graffiti drawings threatening the sanctity of Muslim and Christian holy sites throughout the occupied state of Palestine.
The Geneva Centre: “The international community should work on the enforcement of its laws and legislations objectively, without selectivity or double standards”
The Geneva Centre encourages US authorities to initiate investigations regarding the circumstances behind the terrorist attack that left 3 Arab-Americans dead.
On Monday 16th February, Libyan militants pledging allegiance to the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)” released a video showing the gruesome beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.
The Geneva Centre participates in the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is, by definition, all or any procedure whereas female genitalia is altered; it is internationally recognized as a violation of human rights. The practice is deeply rooted into the socio-cultural and religious standings of many nations around the world.
On February 3rd, the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” published a video showing Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh being burned alive.
Lt. Moaz Kasasbeh had been held captive since his F16 crashed on 24th December in Raqqa, Syria, an “Islamic State” stronghold. The Jordanian Government had appealed to “IS” representatives to release the captured pilot in exchange for one of the terrorists implicated in the 2005 bombings in Amman, Jordan.
Geneva Centre condemns the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the so-called “Islamic State”
The Geneva Centre condemns the heinous murder of Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto. Through his dauntless journalism, Mr. Goto sought to communicate to the world the sufferings of the proud Syrian people. His journalism focused on the lives of ordinary people in war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East, and he was truly an advocate and campaigner for peace in the region.