“I have always been interested in international relations and international law, as all of my family work in that area and it is the environment I have grown up in. I want to use this background to promote humanitarian causes both at home and abroad, and this course has been a real opportunity to develop my understanding of the field”

“I was thrilled to be selected for the training programme at the Geneva Centre, and being here has put a lot of my perceptions about human rights in perspective. With Syria, for example, I never understood why more wasn’t being done to help people, now I see that there are so many laws surrounding intervention – even in a horrific crisis such as Syria – and that the international community needs to to make sure that something is done despite all the legal and geo-political barriers. The course and its fantastic lecturers – in particular Judge Fatsah Ouguergouz – really brought home the reality of human rights, which are complex, contradictory, and violated all over the world”.

“In terms of the human rights challenges in the Middle East, I think the biggest challenge ahead will be ensuring complete equality between all genders and nationalities. I live in a country where there are over 200 nationalities living in peace, but that doesn’t mean that prejudice doesn’t exist throughout the region. To reach this goal, I would love to see the UAE invest further in human rights education, both at schools and universities, and to help other countries in the Middle East understand the relevance and important of universal human rights. Education is the most important factor in changing the mindset of a community, and I think that is where the UAE should focus”

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