The Geneva section of the Swiss League for Human Rights, until recently called the Swiss League for Human Rights, is committed in favor of the right to asylum and the rights of people without legal status. Tirelessly fighting racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, it defends political, economic, social, environmental and cultural rights.
After having fought in particular for the rights of the Roma community, her commitment has focused, in recent years, on the theme of deprivation of liberty. She notably condemns administrative detention as a response to the desperation of migration.
While the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 30th anniversary of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights are celebrated this year, the League will celebrate its 95th anniversary in December. In an extremely tense political context and in this year of town hall that Mr. Alfonso Gomez wanted to be largely dedicated to the issue of human rights, this choice for the “Grateful Geneva” Medal pays tribute to all those who, voluntarily, grant their time and energy to advance human rights.
“This distinction, which allows us to honor personalities or groups who contribute to the influence of Geneva and the defense of its values, rewards the 350 volunteers engaged today, as well as the thousands of others who, for nearly for a century, have worked tirelessly to uphold and defend the values of openness and tolerance of Geneva, honoring its reputation as the capital of human rights. These people, whose commitment is fundamental, will remain anchored in the memory of the city,” explains Mr. Gomez.
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