Geneva International Centre for Justice recommends the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly

, January 1970

Side-event at the Human Rights Council co-organized by GICJ on September 22, 2016

On the occasion of United Nations Day on October 24, 2017, the Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) published a statement that included recommendations on improving the democratic character of the world organization. In particular, GICJ recommended the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly:

"To include the voices of those who are most affected by global decisions, the world’s citizens must find a democratic platform within the world’s governance. One possible platform would be a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, to be established by the General Assembly or through a new international treaty – an idea that has long been debated. Such assembly could address the UN’s democratic deficit by including citizens in global decision-making through elected representatives."

The primary objectives of the Centre are to combat human rights violations, reinforce commitment to human rights principles, raise awareness of violations, hold violators accountable and seek justice for victims.

GICJ follows up on the work and activities of human rights mechanisms, in particular the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva and associated special rapporteurs and working groups.