ASF is a non-profit organisation which works to contribute the towards the establishment of mechanisms that allow for access to independent and impartial justice, and which are capable of guaranteeing the protection of fundamental rights. The organisation offers support to lawyers and bar associations in countries where human rights are not respected, where political violence and armed conflict reign, and where legal rules are flouted.
The Egyptian delegation included:
- Mr Kamal Abu Eita, Minister of Manpower and Immigration
- Dr Kemal Helbawy, Political Activist and Thinker
- Mr Ahmed Hassan, Secretary General of the Al Nasseri Party
- Ms Reem Mohamed Wagdy, Presenter at HAWA Limited
- Mr Haki Wafi Haki, Editor in Chief of CBC TV Channel
- Counselor Ahmad El Fadaly, Head of the Independence Party
- Mr Mahmoud Maslam, Deputy Editor of Alwata Newspaper
- Ms Marian Malak, Member of Parliament
- Mr Mohamed Al Masry, Journalist
- Dr Nabil Zaki, Journalist
- Mr Ahmed Maher, Artist
Our Executive Director Imad Zuhairi and Legal Consultant Zayed Al Shamsi discussed the need for increased fairness, equality, and justice within an impartial legal system in the UAE, and expressed their hopes that the Centre and Association can work together to ensure that the nation’s legal system can promote and protect human rights throughout all of its activities.
Dr Pierre Sob, an Advisor on Gender Integration at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, lectures on the massive and systematic discrimination faced by women all over the world, and reflects that there is much work to be done — both legislatively and in terms of cultural norms – before we can speak about gender equality as a reality on the ground.
“What is a right? Let’s deconstruct what we think we know”: Judge Fatsah Ouguergouz Lectures at the Geneva Centre
Judge Fatsah Ouguergouz, Geneva Centre Senior Advisor and Former Vice President of the African Court of Human and People’s Rights, lectures the philosophical justification for rights, the historical origins of human rights, and how these rights are formed and applied in contemporary law.
“Truth and Reality Do Not Exist, it is Always a Process of Reconstruction”: Dr Pierre Hazan Lectures at the Geneva Centre
Dr Pierre Hazan, Professor at the University of Neuchâtel, discusses the relationship between the media and human rights, and invited students to consider the selectivity bias involved in all coverage of human rights issues.
Geneva Centre Graduate Reem Ahmed Alhasani: “Some people in the UAE don’t know what their rights are, and there is a lot to be done”
“No one in my family has ever worked in diplomacy or human rights; my father is a policeman and most of my family work for petrol companies. I am the first one to want to do something different. My brothers are studying, one of them is in Germany, but they are interested in the private sector while I would like to do something for the public.”
“I have been studying International Affairs for three years now, and have grown up in a family very involved in the political life of the United Arab Emirates. My degree has covered international law, political systems, foreign relations, and domestic policy, and this course in human rights has really developed my understanding of the way in which human rights interact with all other areas of my degree. It has transformed my knowledge from basic and abstract to one rooted in practice and experience”
Geneva Centre Graduate Fatema Al Ghfeli: “I would love to see the UAE increase its human rights awareness”
“I have always been interested in international relations and international law, as all of my family work in that area and it is the environment I have grown up in. I want to use this background to promote humanitarian causes both at home and abroad, and this course has been a real opportunity to develop my understanding of the field”