The study “Islamophobia and the Implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18: Reaching Out” is an outcome of a panel discussion that was held at UNOG on 29 April 2016. The meeting was organized by the Geneva Centre with the support of the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland.
The panel deliberations were intended to assess the progress made in the implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 and explores ways to delineate the boundaries between the freedom of expression and opinion, on the one hand, and the freedom of religion and belief, on the other.
The blend of opinions on the subject matter that were steered by experts and researchers, and lessons that were drawn from the discussion are included in this publication.
The book’s objective was to enhance harmony between these two fundamental rights (freedom of expression and opinion and freedom of religion and belief). These are often presented as incompatible. It is therefore of utmost importance to acknowledge the interconnection and interdependence between them, as well as the possibility to overcome potential challenges in their application on the ground.
The meeting offered a successful alternative platform to reach out to people of all religions, creeds or and other value systems, with the ultimate objective of eradicating Islamophobia and more broadly on racism based on hatred of followers of a particular religion.