SOAS University of London

Professor Gurharpal Singh Selected as Panellist for UN Human Rights Council

18 June 2012
Gurharpal Singh

Professor Gurharpal Singh, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Professor of Inter-religious Relations and Development at SOAS, will be an expert panellist at the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 29 June.

The panel aims to provide an informative and engaging exchange of views on the promotion of human rights in a multicultural context, including the need to combat xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance. 

Professor Singh, who has published extensively on multiculturalism and issues of managing religious diversity, commented:  “I very much welcome the opportunity to contribute to such an important policy forum at a time when there is such heightened interest in the tensions between multiculturalism and human rights in the developed and developing world.”

Other international experts on the panel include:    

  • Mr. Doudou Diène (Senegal), Independent Expert on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
  • Mr. Alain Godonou, Director of the Division of Thematic Programmes for Diversity, Development and Dialogue at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris.
  • Mr. Mario Marazziti (Italy), Journalist and Spokesperson and Member of the International Board of the Community of Sant'Egidio
  • Ms. Mona Zulficar (Egypt), Member of the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council and Member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights.

Professor Singh's main research interest is the politics of modern India and Pakistan. He has published widely on the partition of India, religious and ethnic conflict in South Asia, political corruption, and the Indian Diaspora (particularly Sikhs in Britain). He is currently working on a volume on Indian democracy in the twenty-first century.