Since 7 April 2020, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue implements systematic environmental scanning for live events, webinars and discussions hosted by the UN Agencies, NGOs, universities and think-tanks on the wide range of topics, including human rights, multilateralism, and Covid-19 response, among others.
On the 28th of February, the Geneva Centre announced on its website, with deep sorrow, the recent passing away of its former Director Idriss Jazairy. The Centre wishes herewith to pay a special tribute to this unique personality and to his invaluable contribution in developing the Geneva Centre, the quality of its work and the attendant international recognition:
The Geneva Centre is pleased to announce the sixth edition of its Newsletter “Human Rights Without Prejudice”. The Geneva Centre has evolved, with a new Board, team and strategic vision. In this framework, the Centre will strengthen its endeavours to further enhance mutual understanding and cooperative relations between peoples and societies of all regions, cultures and faiths. These noble goals remain at the heart of our work to promote a more tolerant, inclusive and peaceful world society built upon universal respect for human rights.
“Covid-19 public health concern should not give rise to fear and discrimination”, said the Geneva Centre’s Executive Director on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March 2020, GENEVA – The 2019 coronavirus pandemic, which was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China and ever since has kept spreading all over the world, has led to increased discrimination, prejudice, violence, and racism against Chinese people and people of East Asian and Southeast Asian descent and appearance.
On the occasion of the International Women’s day celebrated on the 8th of March, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue delivered an oral statement during the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The Geneva Centre has been named the winner of three Gold Stevie® Awards in the following categories:
The Geneva Centre regretfully informs you that its former Executive Director Idriss Jazairy passed away on 27 February 2020
It is with deep sorrow that the Geneva Centre informs you of the passing away of its former Executive Director Idriss Jazairy. His international reputation as former Ambassador, together with his remarkable intelligence, rendered great service to the work of the Centre. We convey our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
The Geneva Centre will produce daily analytical reports on selected meetings of the Human Rights Council
The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue will be producing concise analytical one-page reports of selected meetings indicated below, as of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council (24 February - 20 March 2020).
“Every year since 2008 we celebrate social justice and yet, inequalities are on the rise. We have to do more than just celebrations” says the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre, Dr Umesh Palwankar on the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice.
20 February 2020, Geneva - On the World Day of Social Justice observed on 20 February, the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, Dr Umesh Palwankar, stressed the importance of social justice to build peaceful societies.
The Geneva Centre releases its latest publication entitled "Enhancing Access to Justice for Children"
The publication entitled “Enhancing Access to Justice for Children” constitutes a follow-up to an eponymous panel discussion organized by the Geneva Centre in September 2019, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The panel benefitted from the participation of international experts from UNICEF, ILO and the Committee on the Rights of the Child, among others.
The Chairman of the Geneva Centre, Ambassador Ghazi Jomaa, calls upon Empowering the Youth to Stand Up for Human Rights
10 December 2019, GENEVA – "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights": the words of the first Article of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights are perhaps the most resonant and cited of all international agreements ever signed. Year after year, we commemorate the Human Rights Day, celebrating human rights, insisting that they are inalienable entitlements to all people, not gender nor age-specific, not particular to any ethnic or religious group.
GENEVA, 29 November 2019 – The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was commemorated today at a Special Meeting held at the United Nations Office in Geneva, which was organized in observance of General Assembly resolution 32/40B. The Geneva Centre attended the Special meeting and joined the international community in reaffirming its commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people.
World Children’s Day: Commemorative Conference Celebrates 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
“The children of today are standing up for their rights. What will you do?”
20 November 2019, GENEVA – 20 November celebrates World Children’s Day, and 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly. It is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world, which protects the right of all children to be free from discrimination, violence and neglect.
“Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.” (Declaration of Principles on Tolerance: UNESCO)
The objectives of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue are focused on the promotion of human rights, encouraging a constructive humanistic dialogue between the Global North and the Global South on the values of justice, tolerance, rejection of extremism.
This brings the Centre to promote human rights awareness universally, with a particular emphasis on the Arab and Muslim regions, and to provide advice to governmental and international agencies with regard to the effective implementation of human rights.
The Geneva Centre hosts a workshop “Mediation Techniques and Tools” organized by the Geneva Academy for Peace & Mediation
7 November 2019, GENEVA – On the occasion of Geneva Peace Week 2019, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue hosted a half-day workshop entitled 'Mediation Techniques and Tools', organized by one of the Centre’s partner organizations – the Geneva Academy for Peace & Mediation. The workshop focused on the challenges and benefits of mediation and emphasized the importance of developing a relationship of trust and confidence between the parties.
The Geneva Centre assesses the outcome of the 42nd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council with special reference to countries and issues in the MENA region
The 42nd regular session of the Human Rights Council was held from Monday 9 September to Friday 27 September at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
The Geneva Centre regularly followed the proceedings of this 42nd session, in particular those relating to the human rights situation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and themes of special interest.
I. Opening statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet:
The Geneva Centre assesses outcome of the 41st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council on Muslim issues
19 September 2019, GENEVA - The 41st regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC40) was held from Monday 24 June to Friday 12 July 2019 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. It included the holding of 4 panel discussions and 198 side events, the presentation of 74 reports, the adoption of 26 resolutions and the review of 14 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcomes of UN member States.
The Geneva Centre and the UAE Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva co-organized a panel debate on the rights of the child on 18 September
18 September 2019, GENEVA – A panel debate was organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (The Geneva Centre) and the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN in Geneva on the enhancement of access to justice for children in the UAE and the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It was held on the margins of the 42nd regular session of the Human Rights Council.
14 August 2019, GENEVA – The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue of its newsletter “Human Rights Without Prejudice” for 2019.