In the context of the commemoration of the World Day of Social Justice on 20th February 2015, as declared by General Assembly Resolution A/RES/62/10 on 26th November 2007, the Geneva Centre acknowledges that “(…) social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations (…)”.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, where 17 people were brutally murdered, Muslim communities have rallied up to prove that the nefarious acts of the individuals behind the Paris attacks do not represent Islam. On Sunday, 1st February, The Muslim Council of Britain united in an effort to appease ill thought by organizing the initiative “Visit my mosque day”.
Earlier this week, the Geneva Centre met with H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, former President of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as current President of the Centre for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD).
Since October 2014, the newly-created Pegida (“Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”) has been organizing weekly public demonstrations against the presumed Islamization of Europe, the most recent one gathering 18.000 rioters last Monday. The movement, founded in Dresden by activist Lutz Bachmann, claims not to be racist or xenophobic, and to oppose extremism; yet, it incites to prejudices, intolerance, and Islamophobia in fact, and its slogan “for the preservation of our culture” recalls nothing other than the legacy of a remote, dangerous past appealing for the “preservation of the Aryan race”.
On 16th December, militants from the Pakistani Taliban attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 141 people, 132 children amongst them. This brutal attack is not an isolated case, and represents the peak of a long series of terrorist attacks whose ferocity cannot be neglected. It occurred one day after the strike taken place in Sydney Lindt Cafè, Australia, and less than two weeks after “Al Reem Ghost” attack, which took place in Al Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Born in 1961, it pursues a vision of the world in which “every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life”, and reaches, on average, more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year.
“Every Day is Human Rights Day”: the Geneva Centre joins the international community in the celebration of the Human Rights Day
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” – Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Art. 1.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon meets with world leaders: towards a more transparent and inclusive global governance
On the margins of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has met with senior European officials and Turkey’s Prime Minister in order to discuss pressing issues, such as the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the Ebola outbreak, the threat represented by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and climate change. The Geneva Centre very much welcomes UN Secretary-General’s efforts to engage in dialogue with the Group of 20 in view of a more transparent and efficient global economic governance.
The Geneva Centre is pleased to report on the international Conference on “Challenges to Security and Human Rights in the Arab Region”, which was held in Doha (Qatar) on 5th and 6th November 2014. The event was co-organized by the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights and the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions.
“Muslims and Islam are not interchangeable terms with terrorists or ISIS.” – stated the Asian American Journalism Association
In recent years, notably since 11th September 2001, there has been a systematic demonization of Islam and, as a consequence, a deliberate rejection to engage in dialogue with its believers. This phenomenon has been intensifying following the creation of an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and extending to Syria, which has been hitting in the summer and autumn headlines.