23 April 2018, GENEVA – The newsletter reports on the forthcoming World Conference entitled “Religions, Creeds and/or Other Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” which will be held on 25 June 2018 at UNOG under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. This major international conference is being co-organized by the Geneva Centre, the World Council of Churches, the International Catholic Migration Commission, Bridges to Common Ground and the European Centre for Peace and Development. World-renowned lay and religious leaders from all regions of the world will be present at this major event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The newsletter also provides an overview of the Centre’s salient activities related to the promotion of a value-driven human rights system. It presents the main outcomes of the Centre’s five panel debates held at the United Nations Office at Geneva on themes related to the promotion of women’s rights in the Arab region, the migrant and refugee crisis, the use of the headscarf as a connecting thread and an element of convergence in Christianity, Islam and Judaism, access to justice for foreign workers in the United Arab Emirates and the human rights situation of internally displaced persons in the MENA region.
In addition, a summary of statements issued by the Geneva Centre’s Chairman – on the occasion of UN commemorative days during the period of August 2017 to April 2018 – receive special mention in the present edition.
“Human Rights Without Prejudice” also includes editorials written by renowned human rights experts on themes related to the interplay between religion and development and the causes and consequences of clandestine migration from Africa to Europe. The following experts offer their insights:
Dr. Azza Karam – Coordinator UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development, Senior Advisor UN Population Fund (UNFPA);
Dr. Ibrahima Guissé – Associate researcher at the Institute of Sociological Research (IRS – University of Geneva) and the Chief Executive Officer of Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO).
Book reviews prepared by the staff of the Geneva Centre on equal citizenship rights and women’s rights can likewise be consulted in the last section of the newsletter.
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