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.

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In 2015, Ambassador Idriss Jazairy in his earlier capacity as an independence researcher undertook a major review of the Special Procedures Mandate-Holders that form an integral part of the UN Human Rights Council and the international human rights system.

The study entitled “In Defence of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council: An Alternative Narrative From the South” offers as a tribute from the South to the mechanism of the Special Procedures Mandate-Holders, whether they operate as individuals or in Working Groups, whether they come from a Western or from another background.

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In 2014, the Geneva Centre undertook a major study compiling primary data on the contribution of the Arab Group and Arab states in relation to the 2014 UN Human Rights Council Sessions held at UNOG.

This publication consists of figures and charts portraying, in a quantitative fashion, the Arab Group’s and Arab States’ contributions to the work of the Human Rights Council during the three regular sessions (25th, 26th and 27th) and the three special sessions (20th, 21st and 22nd) of the 2014 Human Rights Council. It also reviews the activities of individual Arab states during the 18th and 19th sessions of the Universal Periodic Review.

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