Panel Discussion International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: An Opportunity to Fight Racism and Prejudice

Geneva, Switzerland –The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue alongside the UNESCO Liaison office in Geneva organised a panel discussion on the occasion of the International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, entitled: “The International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: an opportunity to fight racism and prejudice”. The panel took place on the 29th March in  from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Palais des Nations (ROOM XXIII).

The discussion aimed at analyzing the underlying causes for the persistence of racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance phenomena, through addressing their various contemporary manifestations.

The discussed was opened with a word from H. E. Mr. Idriss Jazairy, Former Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations office in Geneva and Resident Member of the Board of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, along with Mr. Abdulaziz Almuzaini, Director UNESCO Liaison Office at Geneva; and was moderated by Mrs. Colette Somaya, Founder and coordinator of Bangwe and Dialogue NGO and Former Permeant Representative of Burundi to the United Nations at Geneva.

The panelists (Mr. Serigne Dieye, First Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Senegal to the UN office in Geneva representing H. E. Ambassador Mame Baba Cisse the Permanent RepresentativeProf. Priyankar Upadhyaya (India), Professor and Coordinator/Head, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu UniversityProf. Rogelio Contreras, University of Arkansas; and Mrs. Lama Jbarah, Representative of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue) shared their views and vision on world founded on peace, dialogue, tolerance and respect of cultural diversity.

H. E. Dr. Al Qassim wishes to thank UNESCO Liaison office in Geneva for co-hosting such a successful event, and looks forward to co-operating again with the UNESCO liaison office in Geneva on matters of common interest.

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