29 August 2017, GENEVA - The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (The Geneva Centre) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NGO Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO) (African Meeting for the Defence of Human Rights in English). The agreement was signed today by Mr. Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre, and by Dr. Ibrahima Guissé, Executive Director and UN Representative of RADDHO, on the premises of the Geneva Centre.
With the signing of the agreement, both organizations pledged to work closely together to promote human rights and particularly, to share a common vision and to promote greater convergence of human rights narratives from the Global North and the Global South. The partnership includes the organization of joint panel discussions at the United Nations Office in Geneva, the development of joint training programs on topics related to human rights, and the initiation of research projects of mutual interest to both parties.
This agreement represents the starting point of a promising collaboration between the Geneva Centre and RADDHO, aiming at supporting human rights narratives driven by universal values rather than by power politics and more broadly at ensuring a plurality of views in the field of human rights. The partnership with RADDHO will provide the Geneva Centre the opportunity for future engagement with civil society organizations in African countries, and thus constitutes a gateway for possible cooperation with the African Union and other regional organizations working for the promotion of human rights on the African continent.
About Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO):
Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO) is a non-governmental organization, created in Dakar in 1990 by a group of African researchers and professors at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar. The RADDHO holds Special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and is an Observing Member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights of the African Union. The RADDHO seeks to promote and to protect human rights on the African continent, defending the right to life and to human dignity, promoting the full enjoyment of equal citizenship rights, contributing to the consolidation of the rule of law and democracy in Africa and promoting solidarity among African peoples.