The Geneva Centre holds panel discussion on the Right to Development

The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, in  cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN and other International Organizations in Switzerland, organized a panel discussion entitled “The Right to Development, 30 years later: achievements, challenges and the way forward”, which took pla ce at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 5 December 2016. The discussion was an opportunity to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development, as well as the 2016 International Human Rights Day.

The Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, H. E. Dr. Hanif Al Qassim, and H. E. Mr. Vaqif Sadiqov, Ambassador and Permanent Representati ve of Azerbaijan to the UN and other international organizations in Switzerland delivered inaugural addresses.

The future of the Human Rights Council: an eventful day organized by the Geneva Centre at the UN Office in Geneva

On 13th May 2016, the UN Office in Geneva hosted an important international meeting concerning the evolution of the UN mechanisms for human rights. The panel discussion, organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, focused on the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and, specifically, on the Special Procedures mandate-holders. The meeting took place on the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Human Rights Council and revolved around the comparison between two important studies: one of these was authored by the retired Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, a member of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management; the other by the expert Marc Limon, Director of the organization Universal Rights Group (URG). These studies were both devoted to the Special Procedures.

The Geneva Centre participates in the International Conference on the Establishment of the Arab Court of Human Rights

The Geneva Centre wishes to commend the National Institution for Human Rights of the Kingdom of Bahrain for having convened the International Conference on the Establishment of the Arab Court of Human Rights that has ended today with the adoption of the Bahrain Declaration.

Information and Communications Technologies: The Problem of Inclusive Development

The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development is currently in its seventeenth session in Geneva. The Geneva Centre reports on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT’s) for inclusive social and economic development, and notes the important role played by these technologies in human rights advancement in the Middle East and North Africa.

Working Group on the Right to Development: The Need for Global Partnerships

The right to development can be rooted in the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the two International Human Rights Covenants, and we welcome the 15th session of the Working Group established to monitor and review progress made in the promotion and implementation of the right to development as an opportunity to develop operational sub criteria to the Declaration.

Hate Crime Conference in Austria Calls for Legal Recognition to Combat Anti-Islamic Prejudice

Speaking at a conference about hate crime, Austrian Religious Affairs Director Fuad Sanac told Anadolu Agency that Muslims faced problems related to wedding ceremonies, funerals and other Islamic traditions not being legally accepted. Sanac said: “We demand the same rights offered to Jews, Catholics, Protestants and the Buddhist communities.”

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