On the sidelines of the visit of a high-level ministerial Arab delegation to Switzerland, H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, has met with H.E. Dr. Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, in order to discuss future areas of cooperation and enhance coordination on Arab issues, particularly with regard to the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council and its related mechanisms.
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Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim: “To mark the fiftieth anniversary of its establishment, we are working on strengthening the system of Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council”
In the framework of the efforts made by the Geneva Centre to develop and strengthen the existing international human rights mechanisms, notably the system of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council almost fifty years after its establishment in 1967, H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Board of Management, held a number of meetings with various stakeholders. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss ways to galvanize and strengthen the system of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.
A delegation from the Ministry of Education of Bahrain paid a visit to the Geneva Centre last week. Formally welcomed by Chairman Dr. Hanif Al Qassim and executive director Imad Zuhairi, the delegation raised the discussion on the current levels of education in Bahrain.
First Observation of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons: Dignity for Victims of Human Trafficking
In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly decided by its Resolution 68/192 “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons” to observe July 30th as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The rationale behind the choice of this date lies in the fact that the UN Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, the first universal and comprehensive document concerning the issue of combating human trafficking, was adopted on July 30th, in 2010. The Global Plan of Action, which calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations’ broader programmes to boost development and strengthen security around the world, was defined by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a clarion call” of the need to take immediate steps “to stop this terrible crime against human dignity, which shames us all”.
The Geneva Centre will collaborate with the University of Pretoria for the organisation of the 6th World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Head of the Development and Global Initiatives Division, represents the Geneva Centre at the first seminar on the preparation of the World Forum on Human Rights in Marrakech
The Geneva Centre would like to commend the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting, in November 2014, the second edition of the World Forum on Human Rights. Thanks to the sponsorship of this event, Morocco reaffirms its willingness to contribute to the universalization of human rights, as well as to their full integration within the region, crossroads of continents and cultures.
Late last week, the Geneva Centre received a delegation from Bahrain to discuss the possibility of a future relationship between the Council of Representatives of Bahrain and the Geneva-based think tank.
The Geneva Centre for Human Right Advancement and Global Dialogue is offering the opportunity for a group of exceptional, motivated, and passionate graduates to acquire direct exposure to our work through a summer internship programme.
The Geneva Centre participates in the International Conference on the Establishment of the Arab Court of Human Rights
The Geneva Centre wishes to commend the National Institution for Human Rights of the Kingdom of Bahrain for having convened the International Conference on the Establishment of the Arab Court of Human Rights that has ended today with the adoption of the Bahrain Declaration.