Human Rights, Migration & Refugees

Debate and Book Presentation: Migration and Human Solidarity


GENEVA, Apr 6 2019 - On the occasion of the launch of its two-volume publication entitled The Unprecedented Rise of People on the Move in the 21st Century, the Geneva Centre will organize a panel discussion and book presentation. The discussion will expand on the themes of the publication, with a particular focus on migration and human solidarity, as well as on the recent developments in Western societies with regard to current migration flows. The panellists will discuss, inter alia, the increasing hostility towards migrants and refugees in European societies and the manipulation of this issue for political ends, the growing criminalisation of migration, the role of civil society in addressing the plight of people on the move, as well as the importance of multilateralism and international cooperation in the context of this crisis.

Moderator & Opening remarks

    • Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue.


    • Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission;
    • Mr José Benavente, President of the French Association Pilotes Volontaires, which provides assistance to people in distress at sea;
    • Ms. Julie Melichar, Citizen Mobilisation & Communication Officer at SOS Méditerranée, humanitarian association for the rescue of persons in distress in the Mediterranean Sea;
    • Ms Camille Pagella, journalist at L’Illustré, joint recipient of the first ACANU (Association of Accredited Correspondents at the United Nations) Prize for Reporting on Human Rights Issues;
    • Mr Adrià Budry Carbó, journalist at Le Temps, joint recipient of the first ACANU Prize for Reporting on Human Rights Issues.

For further information on the event, please see the attached concept note.


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