De-radicalization or the Roll-Back of Extremist Violence

32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council, The Geneva Centre on Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue organized, under the auspices of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland, a side-event at the UN Office in Geneva entitled: De-radicalization or the Roll-Back of Violent Extremism.

The future of the Human Rights Council: an eventful day organized by the Geneva Centre at the UN Office in Geneva

On 13th May 2016, the UN Office in Geneva hosted an important international meeting concerning the evolution of the UN mechanisms for human rights. The panel discussion, organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, focused on the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and, specifically, on the Special Procedures mandate-holders. The meeting took place on the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Human Rights Council and revolved around the comparison between two important studies: one of these was authored by the retired Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, a member of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management; the other by the expert Marc Limon, Director of the organization Universal Rights Group (URG). These studies were both devoted to the Special Procedures.

The Advancement of the Status of Women in the Arab World 2

Women’s rights and gender equality have been at the heart of the international agenda over the past few years. This intensification of the movement for women’s rights has been driven, in part, by the anniversaries of some of the core international instruments on gender. As such, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the road map for gender equality for the past two decades. The year 2015 also marked the 15th Anniversary and the Global Review of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the main UN resolution dealing with women’s participation in peace and security and their protection from violence during conflict. These processes coincided with the elaboration of the new global development agenda and Sustainable Developments Goals, placing gender equality at the core of concerns for the next 15 years, through SDG 5.

The Geneva Centre joins the worldwide celebration of the International Women’s Day

Emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the 20th century, International Women’s Day is marked around the world on the 8th of March as a day of celebration of women, their rights, and the achievements on the road towards gender equality. This day is also, most importantly, an occasion to continue to show firm support for, and reaffirm the need for, the promotion and protection of women’s rights, and their full participation in the political and economic arenas worldwide.

Geneva Centre hosts Panel Discussion on Migration

In order to mark the 2015 Human Rights Day and International Migrants Day, the Geneva Centre, in collaboration with Union des Nations pour l’Enseignement, la Science Universelle et les Droits de l’Homme, hosted a panel discussion on the migrant crisis currently affecting the Mediterranean region and the European continent more generally. The panel discussion, entitled The Current Migrant Crisis: an Aftermath of the Arab Spring?, took place on 11th December 2015, from 10:00 to 13:00, at Palais des Nations.

The Geneva Centre participates in the Forum on Religion and Peacebuilding

On 20th November 2015, within the context of the Geneva Peace Week, the Freedom of Religion International Center (FRICE) and Association Miraisme International organized a Forum on Religion and Peacebuilding. The Geneva Centre, represented by Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Executive Director a. i., was invited to join the discussion.  Among the other panellists were: Mr. Enrique Montes, President of Association Miraisme International; Prof. Kevin Clements, Chair and Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago; Mr. Carlos A. Baena, Former Senator in Colombia and founder of FRICE); Prof. Khinder Domle, Media Director of University of Duhok; Dr. Paolo Lorenzo Gamba, Former Counsellor EU Commission on faith-based organizations; and Dr. Michael Mutzner, Permanent Representative of the World Evangelical Alliance.