The Geneva Centre to hold panel discussion on the theme “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony”

In the framework of the 33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

In view of the increasing tension affecting the Islamic community in Western Europe, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, has commissioned Dr. Zidane Meriboute, a renowned Swiss-Algerian intellectual, to write a study entitled “Muslims in Europe: The road to social harmony”. This study, published by the Geneva Centre in September 2016, has been revised by H.E. Mr. Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre, and includes a preface by H.E. Dr. Hanif Al Qassim, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Geneva Centre.

An Arab Intellectual and Diplomat to Head the Geneva Centre: H. E. Idriss Jazairy appointed Executive Director

H. E. Idriss Jazairy was appointed  Executive Director of the Geneva Centre on Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. The Board of Management of the Centre welcomed him and wished him every success in his new responsibilities.

Idriss Jazairy is a prominent Algerian diplomat known at the national and international level, with a long experience also in the management of the non-governmental sector.

De-radicalization or the Roll-Back of Extremist Violence

32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council, The Geneva Centre on Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue organized, under the auspices of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland, a side-event at the UN Office in Geneva entitled: De-radicalization or the Roll-Back of Violent Extremism.

The future of the Human Rights Council: an eventful day organized by the Geneva Centre at the UN Office in Geneva

On 13th May 2016, the UN Office in Geneva hosted an important international meeting concerning the evolution of the UN mechanisms for human rights. The panel discussion, organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, focused on the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and, specifically, on the Special Procedures mandate-holders. The meeting took place on the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Human Rights Council and revolved around the comparison between two important studies: one of these was authored by the retired Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, a member of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management; the other by the expert Marc Limon, Director of the organization Universal Rights Group (URG). These studies were both devoted to the Special Procedures.

The Advancement of the Status of Women in the Arab World 2

Women’s rights and gender equality have been at the heart of the international agenda over the past few years. This intensification of the movement for women’s rights has been driven, in part, by the anniversaries of some of the core international instruments on gender. As such, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the road map for gender equality for the past two decades. The year 2015 also marked the 15th Anniversary and the Global Review of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the main UN resolution dealing with women’s participation in peace and security and their protection from violence during conflict. These processes coincided with the elaboration of the new global development agenda and Sustainable Developments Goals, placing gender equality at the core of concerns for the next 15 years, through SDG 5.

The Geneva Centre joins the worldwide celebration of the International Women’s Day

Emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the 20th century, International Women’s Day is marked around the world on the 8th of March as a day of celebration of women, their rights, and the achievements on the road towards gender equality. This day is also, most importantly, an occasion to continue to show firm support for, and reaffirm the need for, the promotion and protection of women’s rights, and their full participation in the political and economic arenas worldwide.