Mr Eric Tistounet, the Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), discussed the work of the Human Rights Council. He emphasised that “no country is free from human rights violations” and that membership of the council cannot be restricted to only those countries signatory to all international conventions, as “we all have a duty to be held accountable and a right to be provided with opportunities to develop”.
This third day of the Geneva Centre’s human rights training course for Zayed University students began with a series of lectures by Ms Claire Frances Mahon, the Founder at Director of Te Atawhai Nations and Global Human Rights. Ms Mahon discussed the legal and institutional efforts to confront violence against women and protect the rights of vulnerable groups such as refugees and migrant workers. She also discussed the difficulties of transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations, including the ongoing Syrian conflict.
Dr Pierre Hazan, Professor at the University of Neuchâtel, presented on the role of the media in promoting and protecting human rights, and invited students to consider the selectivity bias of international and regional news agencies. He also analysed the role of the media in promoting hatred, racism, and xenophia, and stressed the urgent need to correct these narratives as “information provided by the media shapes our reality”.
The course began with a series of lectures by Judge Fatsah Ouguergouz, the Vice President of the African Court of Human and People’s Rights and Senior Advisor at the Geneva Centre . Judge Ouguergouz explained the philosophical and historical origins of human rights, their basis in international humanitarian law, and ways in which we can work towards a “culture of human rights”.
The course for female students from Zayed University will run from the 29th of March to the 5th April, and features lectures by senior UN officals including Eric Tistounet, Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and H.E Mr. Baudelaire Ndong Ella, President of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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The event aims to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Egypt on its roadmap to democracy, and to provide a space where the aspirations of its people can be voiced.
Al Ittihad news agency reports on the success of the Geneva Centre’s human rights training program for students from the United Arab Emirates University. They emphasise the need for constructive intercultural dialogue in order to make human rights a reality on the ground in the Middle East and North Africa Region.