5th Meeting of the Istanbul Process, in Jeddah: Another step towards a full and effective implementation of HRC Resolution 16/18

In July 2011, representatives of the international community gathered in Istanbul and initiated an intense process to expedite full and effective implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 (2001), entitled Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief. It was the beginning of the so-called “Istanbul Process”.

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.

Human Rights and Business: The Case of Foreign Occupation

The Working Group was established at the seventeenth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011, and the Geneva Centre welcomes its 8th session as an important opportunity to ensure that respecting human rights becomes a global standard for all businesses wherever they operate, and one that exists independently of states abilities to fulfil their own human rights obligations and above compliance with national legislation.

International Worker’s Day and Forced Labour

International Worker’s Day commemorates a time of civil unrest in the late nineteenth century when workers in industrialised countries demonstrated for improved working conditions, wage raises and the establishment of a maximum working day and week. Many of the demonstrations were suppressed with force. The rights that demonstrators fought for at that time are featured in the preamble to the original ILO Constitution and are still current today.

Geneva Centre to Collaborate with the Emirates Association for Lawyers and Legal Experts

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.

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