First Observation of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons: Dignity for Victims of Human Trafficking

In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly decided by its Resolution 68/192 “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons” to observe July 30th as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The rationale behind the choice of this date lies in the fact that the UN Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, the first universal and comprehensive document concerning the issue of combating human trafficking, was adopted on July 30th, in 2010. The Global Plan of Action, which calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations’ broader programmes to boost development and strengthen security around the world, was defined by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a clarion call” of the need to take immediate steps “to stop this terrible crime against human dignity, which shames us all”.

Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Head of the Development and Global Initiatives Division, represents the Geneva Centre at the first seminar on the preparation of the World Forum on Human Rights in Marrakech

The Geneva Centre would like to commend the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting, in November 2014, the second edition of the World Forum on Human Rights. Thanks to the sponsorship of this event, Morocco reaffirms its willingness to contribute to the universalization of human rights, as well as to their full integration within the region, crossroads of continents and cultures.

Geneva Centre Meets with Avocats Sans Frontières

ASF is a non-profit organisation which works to contribute the towards the establishment of mechanisms that allow for access to independent and impartial justice, and which are capable of guaranteeing the protection of fundamental rights. The organisation offers support to lawyers and bar associations in countries where human rights are not respected, where political violence and armed conflict reign, and where legal rules are flouted.

Geneva Centre Welcomes Delegation from Egypt

The Egyptian delegation included:

  • Mr Kamal Abu Eita, Minister of Manpower and Immigration
  • Dr Kemal Helbawy, Political Activist and Thinker
  • Mr Ahmed Hassan, Secretary General of the Al Nasseri Party
  • Ms Reem Mohamed Wagdy, Presenter at HAWA Limited
  • Mr Haki Wafi Haki, Editor in Chief of CBC TV Channel
  • Counselor Ahmad El Fadaly, Head of the Independence Party
  • Mr Mahmoud Maslam, Deputy Editor of Alwata Newspaper
  • Ms Marian Malak, Member of Parliament
  • Mr Mohamed Al Masry, Journalist
  • Dr Nabil Zaki, Journalist
  • Mr Ahmed Maher, Artist