As the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights observes, “Human rights can only be achieved through an informed and continued demand by people for their protection. Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others.”
Emirates News Agency commended the work of the Geneva Centre in “promoting values of mutual understanding to work against discrimination”, and expressed hope for the “effective democratic transition in Egypt”. Al Ittihad News also welcomed the Geneva Centre as a strong civil society voice advocating for human rights advancement on the ground.
“We should raise our ambitions beyond just preventing violations”: Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs at the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council
The Minister reaffirmed Bahrain’s commitment to cooperating with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and noted that a delegation from her Office is currently in Bahrain engaging in consultations to draw up a Programme of Technical Assistance and Capacity Building. H.E. Sheik Al Khalifa thanked the High Commissioner for this invaluable support, which will “help [Bahrain] to further incorporate international human rights standards into our national laws and policies” and “promote an enduring human rights culture”.
“We are working hard to increase the participation of women in moving towards democracy”: Libya’s Minister of Justice at the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva
Mr. Elmarghani thanked Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commisioner for Human Rights, and all members of her office for their efforts to promote and protect human rights in Libya. He also thanked the delegation of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and their efforts to establish the rule of law in the nation.
“Grave and massive violations…should represent an urgent priority”: Saudi Chairman of Human Rights at the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council
Dr. Al Aiban said that his government is “pressing ahead towards achieving its commitments in the field of human rights”, and reiterated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s support for “local, regional, and international UN organs and mechanisms…in particular the Human Rights Council.”
The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue expresses its deep concern that despite all achievements, the enjoyment of human rights and freedom from racial discrimination is not a reality for many nations throughout the world.
Kuwaiti Ambassador H.E Jamal Al-Ghoneim observed that the Geneva Centre’s training programs “reflect the ambitions of students from the Gulf to highlight the universality of human rights, and to show that human rights are fully consistent with Islamic cultures and traditions”.
Al Ittihad news agency reports on the success of the Geneva Centre’s human rights training program for students from the United Arab Emirates University. They emphasise the need for constructive intercultural dialogue in order to make human rights a reality on the ground in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Emaratalyoum news agency has expressed its approval of the Geneva Centre’s human rights training programs, and reports that negative stereotyping of the MENA region by the Global North, and vice versa, can be addressed through human rights education which stresses the universality of all rights.