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.
As details start to emerge of a fresh set of attacks perpetrated by terrorist group Boko Haram, the situation in Nigeria seems to be deteriorating. Hundreds of people have been found murdered in North-Eastern Nigeria on Monday. The violence seems to have spread beyond Nigeria’s borders; Chad, Niger and Cameroon have all been under attack from Boko Haram, where heinous attacks have been committed injuring and killing hundreds.
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.
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.
Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre Board of Management, and Prof. Robert Roth, Director of the Geneva Academy
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is a joint centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute carrying out various projects in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law. It aims to conduct and promote scientific research, organize training courses and expert meetings, and provide legal expertise in the branches of international law relating to situations of armed conflicts.
Hervé Gourdel, the French tourist recently kidnapped in Algeria, has been beheaded following French President Hollande’s refusal to halt air raids on the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)”. The 55-year-old mountaineering guide had no idea that his hiking trip to Algeria would have cost him his life.
The Geneva Centre calls for concerted efforts to stop the activity of armed groups, combat terrorism, and empower the legitimate Libyan institutions
The Geneva Centre strongly condemns the flagrant violations of human rights carried out by radical terrorist groups in Libya, which involve violent systematic acts targeting innocent civilians and diplomatic missions, including the demolition and burning of the house of the Libyan Permanent Representative to UN Office at NewYork Ibrahim Dabbashi on 16 September 2014. This event follows other previous kidnappings and murder attacks on members of more than twenty diplomatic mission, as well as representatives of humanitarian and international organizations. In this context, the Geneva Centre calls for the need to restore security, bring peace, and support the legitimate Libyan institutions including the Parliament elected in last June.
22nd Special Session: The Human Rights Council requests the OHCHR to urgently dispatch a mission to Iraq
On September 1st, the Human Rights Council held a Special Session on the human rights situation in Iraq in light of the abuses committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associate groups.
The Geneva Centre joins the international community in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the first International Humanitarian Law Convention
The Geneva Centre wishes to join in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field, adopted on 22 August 1864, and to pay tribute to this very first effort of codification of modern international humanitarian law. This first convention was then followed by the adoption in 1906, 1929, 1949 and 1977 of various other conventions and protocols dealing with identical or similar matters.