Side-event during the 34th UN Human Rights Council session: The great convergence between Islam and Christianity needs to be re-discovered

GENEVA, 16 March 2017 – On the occasion of the 34th ordinary session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“The Geneva Centre”) held a side-event at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) in which representatives from the Muslim and Christian regions of the world were invited to exchange their views on the convergence between Islam and Christianity.

The conference entitled “Islam and Christianity, the Great Convergence: Working Jointly Towards Equal Citizenship Rights” was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Algeria, Pakistan and Lebanon, as well as the Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) that were represented by their respective Ambassadors.

The Geneva Centre organises a side-event regarding the convergence between Islam and Christianity

The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“Geneva Centre”) has repeatedly addressed issues related to the rise of xenophobia, extremist violence, racism and discrimination with various partners. In this context, the Geneva Centre organized, in 2016, a series of well-attended conferences on themes related to “Islamophobia and the Implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18: Reaching Out”; “De-radicalization or the Roll-Back of Violent Extremism”, and “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony”. Notwithstanding the relevance of the topics and the richness of these discussions, some participants pointed out to the Geneva Centre the necessity of broadening the debate to not only include Muslim minorities in Europe, but also to take into account other religious minorities affected by the current environment of tension and incitement to hatred.

World Day of Social Justice 2017: Message by Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

GENEVA, February 20, 2017 - The distressing images of desperate people making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans to escape armed conflict, social tensions, discrimination and poverty harm the preconditions to achieve social harmony.

This humanitarian crisis is the result of decades of freewheeling globalization with no concern for social justice in all countries. One of its consequences is social upheavals and mass exodus.

The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre: Emir Abd el Qader is a source of inspiration for inter-religious tolerance

Oxford, February 15, 2017 – The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“Geneva Centre”), Mr. Idriss Jazairy, praised the ideas and teachings of the Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy that can be used as a source of inspiration to address contemporary issues related to international human rights law and humanitarian law.

The Geneva Centre holds panel discussion on the Right to Development

The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, in  cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN and other International Organizations in Switzerland, organized a panel discussion entitled “The Right to Development, 30 years later: achievements, challenges and the way forward”, which took pla ce at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 5 December 2016. The discussion was an opportunity to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development, as well as the 2016 International Human Rights Day.

The Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, H. E. Dr. Hanif Al Qassim, and H. E. Mr. Vaqif Sadiqov, Ambassador and Permanent Representati ve of Azerbaijan to the UN and other international organizations in Switzerland delivered inaugural addresses.

The Geneva Centre to hold panel entitled “The Right to Development, 30 years later: achievements, challenges and the way forward”

The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, in  cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN and other International Organizations in Switzerland, will organitze a panel discussion entitled “The Right to Development, 30 years later: achievements, challenges and the way forward”, which will take  place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 5 December 2016. The discussion will be an opportunity to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development, as well as the 2016 International Human Rights Day.

The Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, H. E. Dr. Hanif Al Qassim, and H. E. Mr. Vaqif Sadiqov, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the UN and other international organizations in Switzerland will deliver inaugural addresses.

Ambassador Jazairy participates in the OIC-IPHRC’s seminar on the Right to Development

On 12th and 13th October, the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held, in Abu Dhabi, a seminar on the Right to Development in order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Right to Development.

The seminar, organized in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as well as with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, aimed at calling for renewed reflection and joint action by all stakeholders, both at the national and international levels, to ensure that all individuals are able to participate in, contribute to and benefit from the fruits of the right to development.

Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony – A successful event organized by the Geneva Centre

The panel discussion entitled “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony”, which took place at Palais des Nations in Geneva, was organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue as a side-event to the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.  The partners of the Geneva Centre in the organization of this event were the Permanent Mission of Algeria to the UN and other International Organizations in Switzerland, and the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The discussion was an opportunity to present a study mandated by the Geneva Centre to the renowned Swiss-Algerian intellectual Dr. Zidane Meriboute, bearing the same name as the event.

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