On June 30th, at the side-lines of the 29th regular session of the Human Rights Council, the Geneva Centre hosted a panel discussion entitled Children in Armed Conflict: The MENA as a Case Study.
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”.
In 2002, in its resolution 57/129, the UN General Assembly decided to designate 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The rationale behind the choice of this date lies in the fact that 29th May coincides with the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), in 1948, in order to monitor the ceasefire after the Arab-Israeli War, which was the first UN peacekeeping mission ever.
The Geneva Centre joins UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in his call for firmer actions to combat racism and xenophobia
In light of recent events surrounding the deaths of 700 migrants in the Mediterranean, international outcry has surfaced over the release of an article published by British Tabloid newspaper ‘The Sun’ calling the migrants “cockroaches”.
At the side-lines of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council, which took place from March 2nd to 27th, 54 panel discussions were organized by Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva, and 154 side-events were hosted by NGOs as well as national human rights institutions (NHRIs).
The Geneva Centre celebrates World Poetry Day in its message to promote the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
During the 30th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference, held in Paris in 1999, the 21st March was declared as World Poetry Day.
The Geneva Centre strongly condemns the burning of a church and a mosque in the occupied State of Palestine
On February 25/26, in criminally motivated acts, Israeli settlers set fire to a church and a mosque in occupied Jerusalem. These deeds were then followed with graffiti drawings threatening the sanctity of Muslim and Christian holy sites throughout the occupied state of Palestine.
The Geneva Centre: “The international community should work on the enforcement of its laws and legislations objectively, without selectivity or double standards”
The Geneva Centre encourages US authorities to initiate investigations regarding the circumstances behind the terrorist attack that left 3 Arab-Americans dead.
On Monday 16th February, Libyan militants pledging allegiance to the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)” released a video showing the gruesome beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.
The Geneva Centre participates in the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is, by definition, all or any procedure whereas female genitalia is altered; it is internationally recognized as a violation of human rights. The practice is deeply rooted into the socio-cultural and religious standings of many nations around the world.