11 September 2017, GENEVA – On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the European Public Law Organization (“EPLO”), the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“The Geneva Centre”) participated in EPLO’s anniversary celebration and annual reunion organized from 6 to 10 September 2017 in Athens and in Legrena (Greece).

The Presidents of Greece (Prokopios Pavlopoulos), Portugal (Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa) and Italy (Sergio Mattarella) were invited by EPLO to attend the anniversary ceremony - hosted at the residence of the President of Greece in Athens on 6 September - which also included representatives from several leading organizations and institutions such as the University of Cambridge, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Government officials from Malta, Russia, France, Hungary and Greece were also present at the ceremony in which was likewise attended by the Geneva Centre’s Executive Director Ambassador Idriss Jazairy as Special Guest.

The Presidents of Greece, Portugal and Italy opened the anniversary ceremony highlighting in their interventions the important role and contribution of EPLO in the promotion of public law and in addressing issues of relevance to the advancement of human rights. EPLO’s Director Spyridon Flogaitis also extended his welcoming remarks to the invitees. Following their interventions, Ambassador Idriss Jazairy had the occasion to meet with the three Presidents. He transmitted to the gathering the greetings of the Chairman of the Geneva Centre H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim and referred to the Centre’s efforts in promoting and in advancing human rights and in building bridges between different narratives thereon of the Global North and of the Global South.

The Geneva Centre’s Executive Director Idriss Jazairy was also invited to attend the Meeting of Board of Directors held on 7 September. On this occasion, Ambassador Jazairy presented the outcomes of the Centre’s recent panel debates organized at the United Nations Office in Geneva on issues related to inter alia the promotion of interreligious dialogue between Islam and Christianity, de-radicalization and the advancement of women’s rights in the Arab region.

The Geneva Centre’s Executive Director also used this opportunity to present the outcomes of the Centre’s recent training programmes organized jointly with the Emirates Association of Lawyers and Legal Experts to promote human rights awareness among journalists, diplomats, lawyers and human rights experts in the Arab region. Ambassador Jazairy also informed EPLO’s Board of Directors regarding the Centre’s forthcoming World Conference entitled “Religions, Creeds and/or Other Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” to be organized in mid-2018.

The presentation of the Centre’s activities was given in the presence of representatives from inter alia the European Commission, the European Council and distinguished human rights experts representing renowned academic institutions and organizations from Greece, the Netherlands, Moldova, Ukraine, Spain, Romania, Serbia, Venezuela, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Latvia, Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Georgia and Luxembourg.

EPLO likewise organized a workshop on 8 September on the theme of “Freedom of Expression: Limitations and Prospects”. This workshop was opened by the Minister of Justice of Hungary, H. E. Professor László Trócsányi, followed by interventions from human rights experts representing the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), University of Toulouse, and the independent Portuguese law firm Uria Menendez. Ambassador Idriss Jazairy gave a lecture on the use and the adverse impact of unilateral economic sanctions in the 21st century.

The visit of the Geneva Centre’s Executive Director was concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Director of EPLO Professor Flogaitis. With the signing of the agreement, the Geneva Centre and EPLO remain committed to initiate joint efforts to encourage global dialogue between the Global South and the Global North to enhance the promotion of human rights in the Arab region. In this regard, Ambassador Jazairy thanked EPLO for signing the agreement and for inviting the Geneva Centre to take part in commemorating EPLO’s achievements:

The signing of the MoU with EPLO marks a new beginning in the relations between both think-tanks. The Geneva Centre looks forward to intensify its collaboration with a renowned European intergovernmental organization whose mission is aligned with the Geneva Centre’s vision to build bridges between cultures, religious and civilizations and to give human rights due recognition in governance throughout the world."

To download the photos, please visit our website at: http://www.gchragd.org/en/photo-galleries/eplo-10th-anniversary-and-annual-reunion-athens-and-legrena 

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