This third day of the Geneva Centre’s human rights training course for Zayed University students began with a series of lectures by Ms Claire Frances Mahon, the Founder at Director of Te Atawhai Nations and Global Human Rights. Ms Mahon discussed the legal and institutional efforts to confront violence against women and protect the rights of vulnerable groups such as refugees and migrant workers. She also discussed the difficulties of transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations, including the ongoing Syrian conflict.
Dr Pierre Hazan, Professor at the University of Neuchâtel, presented on the role of the media in promoting and protecting human rights, and invited students to consider the selectivity bias of international and regional news agencies. He also analysed the role of the media in promoting hatred, racism, and xenophia, and stressed the urgent need to correct these narratives as “information provided by the media shapes our reality”.
The course began with a series of lectures by Judge Fatsah Ouguergouz, the Vice President of the African Court of Human and People’s Rights and Senior Advisor at the Geneva Centre . Judge Ouguergouz explained the philosophical and historical origins of human rights, their basis in international humanitarian law, and ways in which we can work towards a “culture of human 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.
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. The Geneva Centre believes that human rights training constitutes an essential contribution to the long-term prevention of human rights abuses, and we work to ensure that every Geneva Centre programme addresses and opposes the gender-based discrimination that permeates cultures worldwide.
“Either we change this murderous world order, or nobody does”: Professor Jean Ziegler Lectures at the Geneva Centre
Professor Jean Ziegler, a Member of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council, former special rapporteur on the right to food, and internationally renowned author, lectured to students at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue on ‘The Right to Food and its Violations – Where is hope?’.
“We need intelligent analysis to move beyond our existing position on human rights”: OIC’s Human Rights Chairman
Our Executive Director Imad Zuhairi observed that human rights issues relevant to the Islamic world should be given increased priority in Geneva, and expressed the Centre’s willingness to enable the OIC’s member states to fulfil their human rights obligations in line with their national plans.
As the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights observes, “Human rights can only be achieved through an informed and continued demand by people for their protection. Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others.”
Emirates News Agency commended the work of the Geneva Centre in “promoting values of mutual understanding to work against discrimination”, and expressed hope for the “effective democratic transition in Egypt”. Al Ittihad News also welcomed the Geneva Centre as a strong civil society voice advocating for human rights advancement on the ground.
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