In view of the increasing tension affecting the Islamic community in Western Europe, the Geneva Centre commissioned Dr. Zidane Meriboute, author of “La fracture Islamique: demain le Soufisme?” (“Islam’s Fateful Path”), to write a study entitled “Muslims in Europe: The road to social harmony.” This publication, which was revised and improved by the Centre, examines the philosophical roots of xenophobia and its growth in historical perspective. A relative lack of concern over the predicament of minorities has mutated in the case of Muslims into active racism of a new kind: “religious racism”. The book highlights the importance of promoting empathy and acceptance of diversity in order to reach social harmony, and deplores the current growing trend in Islamophobia, discrimination and segregation, and xenophobic populism affecting Muslim communities in Europe
The publication “De-radicalisation or the Roll-Back of Extremist Violence: Proceedings of the panel meeting” is an outcome of a panel discussion held at UNOG on 23 June 2016. This publication takes stock of the ideas of the panellists in relation to improving the understanding of the evolving phenomenon of violent extremism and reviews best practice as well as alternative policy options to roll it back. The meeting offered a successful alternative platform to reach out to people of all creeds and beliefs as well as to people with none, with the ultimate objective of eradicating racism based on the Islamic religion.
The study “Islamophobia and the Implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18: Reaching Out” is an outcome of a panel discussion that was held at UNOG on 29 April 2016. The meeting was organized by the Geneva Centre with the support of the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland.
The panel deliberations were intended to assess the progress made in the implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 and explores ways to delineate the boundaries between the freedom of expression and opinion, on the one hand, and the freedom of religion and belief, on the other.
The study entitled “In Defence of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council: An Alternative Narrative From the South” offers a tribute from the South to the mechanism of the Special Procedures Mandate-Holders, whether they operate as individuals or in Working Groups, whether they come from a Western or from another background. The study firstly assesses the current weaknesses of the mechanism and, secondly, devises innovative solutions aimed at addressing some of the challenges faced by the Special Procedures. It discusses opportunities and challenges for the promotion of transparency, independence, impartiality and accountability of the Human Rights Council Special Procedures in order to strengthen their role and authority.
This book is also available in Arabic.
This publication consists of figures and charts portraying, in a quantitative fashion, the Arab Group’s and Arab States’ contributions to the work of the Human Rights Council during the three regular sessions (25th, 26th and 27th) and the three special sessions (20th, 21st and 22nd) of the 2014 Human Rights Council. It also reviews the activities of individual Arab states during the 18th and 19th sessions of the Universal Periodic Review. The research aims at giving the maximum statistical information for each agenda item addressed during the Human Rights Council based on data collected from the official reports of the Council as well as from the official UNHRC website. It seeks to provide an accurate reflection of the overall participation of the Arab Group and Arab States as well as of other groups and organizations represented in the Council.