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.
On February 3rd, the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” published a video showing Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh being burned alive.
Lt. Moaz Kasasbeh had been held captive since his F16 crashed on 24th December in Raqqa, Syria, an “Islamic State” stronghold. The Jordanian Government had appealed to “IS” representatives to release the captured pilot in exchange for one of the terrorists implicated in the 2005 bombings in Amman, Jordan.
Geneva Centre condemns the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the so-called “Islamic State”
The Geneva Centre condemns the heinous murder of Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto. Through his dauntless journalism, Mr. Goto sought to communicate to the world the sufferings of the proud Syrian people. His journalism focused on the lives of ordinary people in war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East, and he was truly an advocate and campaigner for peace in the region.
Geneva Centre to cooperate with the Kingdom of Bahrain in the field of capacity building and raising awareness
On the 29th January, the Geneva Centre proudly welcomed a delegation from the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Headed by H.E. Dr. Majed Bin Ali Al Noaimi, Minister of Education, and Mr. Imad Zuhairi, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre, the meeting was a first step towards a long and fruitful collaboration.
The Geneva Centre presents its most sincere condolences on the passing away of H.R.H. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
One of the many sons of H.R.H. King Abdul-Aziz, founder and developer of what is now modern Saudi Arabia, H.R.H. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud was known for his achievements in the domains of international development and conflict resolution. Considered a patient and persevering leader, H.R.H. King Abdullah will be dearly missed by the international community. His role in promoting diplomacy to solve worldwide conflicts has been praised by many.