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.
In the face of escalating religious-based intolerance, the Geneva Centre would like to recall the importance of dialogue among different religious groups and the need for all parties to work in conjunction to protect all persons, independent of their religion or belief.
The horrific attack that took place at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris today, 7th January, led to the death of 12 people, including the magazine’s editor, Stéphane Charbonnier, and chief cartoonist, Jean Cabut. France raised its security alert to the highest level, and a manhunt is currently under way. “It is undoubtedly a terrorist attack of the most extreme barbarity. (…) We are threatened because we are a country that cherishes freedom.” – stated French President François Hollande.
Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim: “An agreement has been reached with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to convene an Inaugural International Forum on Combating Religious Intolerance”
The Geneva Centre and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights agreed on convening an inaugural forum on practical actions to combat religious intolerance. The conference, to be held in London in the end of April 2015, is intended to contribute to the practical implementation of Human Rights Council and General Assembly resolutions on Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief, as well as of other key human rights texts relevant to the issues of freedom of religion and belief, and freedom of opinion and expression.
Al-Azhar University (Jāmiʿat al-Azhar) is the chief centre of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world, as well as the oldest degree-granting university in Egypt. Centred on the Al-Azhar mosque, the University was founded in 970, and represents one of the relics of the Isma’ili Shi’a Fatimid dynasty era of Egypt. Together with the mosque, the university plays a fundamental role in promoting the Islamic and Arabic heritance, as well as in building a bridge between different cultures and religions.