The book on “Islam and Christianity, The Great Convergence: Working Jointly Towards Equal Citizenship Rights” assesses the outcomes of the panel debate held on 15 March 2017 at Palais des Nations in the framework of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The objective of the panel debate was to harness the joint potential of Islam and Christianity in promoting equal citizenship rights for all in such a way as to reduce concern about the plight of religious and ethnic minorities worldwide.
The publication “The Right to Development, 30 Years Later: Achievements, Challenges and The Way Forward” is an outcome of a panel discussion held on 5 December 2016 at Palais des Nations in Geneva addressing the same subject. The panel discussion aimed at analysing achievements and progress made towards, as well as challenges ahead for, the attainment of the Right to Development. It aimed at giving a voice to the voiceless and at building bridges between developed and developing countries in the mainstreaming of human rights nationally and internationally.
The book on “Women’s Rights in the Arab Region: Myths and Realities” reviews the outcome of the panel deliberations that were made during a side-event organized by the Geneva Centre in the framework of the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council, with the support of the UNESCO Geneva Liaison Office. The side-event held at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) on 22 March 2016, entitled “The Advancement of the Status of Women in the Arab World”, sought to offer an alternative narrative about women in the Arab region, and to correct the widespread misperception and stereotyping of Arab women. The book also reviews selected areas of women’s rights in the Arab region together with information on the progress achieved through the implementation of national, regional and international women’s rights mechanisms.
The publication, entitled “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony – Proceedings of the UN Geneva side event held on 19 September 2016 and lessons learned” is the fruit of a panel discussion organized at UNOG by the Geneva Centre on the occasion of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council. In an innovative approach, the discussion of the book suggests, among others, that there is a need to promote through joint action and to ensure through the exercise of collective responsibility, a reversal of the distortion and manipulation of all religions. This means resorting to awareness promotion via the media and public discourse. Required action includes rolling back socio-economic marginalization through an inclusive and participatory process and a consensual approach.
In view of the increasing tension affecting the Islamic community in Western Europe, the Geneva Centre commissioned Dr. Zidane Meriboute, author of “La fracture Islamique: demain le Soufisme?” (“Islam’s Fateful Path”), to write a study entitled “Muslims in Europe: The road to social harmony.” This publication, which was revised and improved by the Centre, examines the philosophical roots of xenophobia and its growth in historical perspective. A relative lack of concern over the predicament of minorities has mutated in the case of Muslims into active racism of a new kind: “religious racism”. The book highlights the importance of promoting empathy and acceptance of diversity in order to reach social harmony, and deplores the current growing trend in Islamophobia, discrimination and segregation, and xenophobic populism affecting Muslim communities in Europe