“Political stability must be achieved to overcome the ‘refugee crisis’” – stated H. E. Dr. Hanif Al Qassim

In early January, during an interview with Gulf News in Dubai, H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, stated that political stability must be achieved to overcome the ‘refugee crisis’, as the primary cause of recent refugee flows is States’ vulnerability.

Geneva Centre hosts Panel Discussion on Migration

In order to mark the 2015 Human Rights Day and International Migrants Day, the Geneva Centre, in collaboration with Union des Nations pour l’Enseignement, la Science Universelle et les Droits de l’Homme, hosted a panel discussion on the migrant crisis currently affecting the Mediterranean region and the European continent more generally. The panel discussion, entitled The Current Migrant Crisis: an Aftermath of the Arab Spring?, took place on 11th December 2015, from 10:00 to 13:00, at Palais des Nations.

Geneva Centre calls upon the international community to provide concerted responses to migration issues

The heartbreaking images of a Turkish gendarme cradling in his arms the lifeless body of a three-year old boy on a beach near a resort of Bodrum, on September 2nd, spread all around the world, arousing the concern of the international community. The young boy, whose brother and mother encountered the same bitter fate, was a Syrian migrant trying to escape, with his family, the imposed totalitarianism of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”. According to Turkish officials, 12 people died after two boats carrying a total of 23 people, of whom he was part, capsized after setting off from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula.

The Geneva Centre calls for strengthening of International Cooperation to solve migration challenges

In view of the instabilities that plague Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, it is feared that on Sunday 19th April, at least 700 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. According to UNHCR, in 2015 alone, 1600 migrants have died attempting fate in search for greener pastures. The majority of migrants head for the Italian coast, escaping the horrors of the war in Libya.

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.

Geneva Centre Graduates on Migrant Worker’s Rights

On the 7th-14th February 2014, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue conducted a human rights training course for fifteen students from the United Arab Emirates University. We believe human rights training is an important investment in the endeavour to achieve a just society in which all people are valued and respected, and our course was designed to promote awareness of human rights and the mechanisms used to uphold them.