To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on Combatting intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (hereinafter “Geneva Centre”) will convene, with the support of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United Nations, a panel discussion aimed at analysing opportunities and challenges ahead for the fight against the scourge of Islamophobia.

The panel discussion will assess the progress made in the implementation of HRC Res. 16/18 and will explore ways to delineate the boundaries between the freedom of expression and opinion, on one hand, and the freedom of religion and belief, on the other. The objective will be to enhance peaceful harmony between these two fundamental rights, which are often presented as incompatible, and acknowledge the interconnection and interdependence between them, as well as the possibility to overcome potential challenges in their application on the ground.

By means of an objective, unbiased assessment of the phenomenon of Islamophobia, of its political and historical roots, the panel discussion will aim to analyse opportunities and challenges ahead for the fight against hatred and discrimination directed towards both Muslim individuals and communities. The ultimate goal will be to assess the deteriorating situation and lay down the foundations for a collective, concerted exercise aimed at charting the way forward to overcome Islamophobia, and at following up on the recommendations laid out in HRC Res. 16/18.

The Geneva Centre is looking forward to seeing you there.

All attendees who do not hold a UN badge are kindly requested to register by sending their First Name, Last Name and Passport/ID Number at

Kindly be informed that entrance to Palais des Nations for non-UN badge holders will start at 09:00 a.m. and will not be possible after 10:15 a.m. Please bring your ID.

Registration Deadline: 24th April 2016 at midnight.

Islamophobia and the Implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18: Reaching Out
Date & Time: 
Friday, 29 April, 2016 - 10:00 to 12:30

Palais des Nations, United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG). Room XXII.

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