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Geneva, 8 July 2014 - The International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (IIPJHR) and its partner organization, the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) hosted students from the Geneva School for Diplomacy (GSD) and International Relations.

In the morning, Dr Imène Ajala, Project Manager at the IIPJHR, gave a lecture to the students on ‘The Internet and Human Rights’.

Dr Ajala said that the Internet is a double-edged sword, increasing opportunities for freedom of expression but also raising threats to privacy and facilitating online hate speeches. Dr Ajala explored the upcoming challenges in regulating the Internet, whilst protecting human rights and the freedom of expression.

In the afternoon, Mr. Numan Baltaci, GNRD-Geneva Administrative Coordinator, and Mr Jean-François Fechino, IIPJHR Director, introduced the students to the organizations' work.

A lecture on Business and Human Rights followed, focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives designed to ensure that companies comply with human rights when conducting their business affairs. Mr Jean-François Fechino illustred this principle using a case study of child labour in Pakistan.

The day was brought to a close with Mr. Numan Baltaci informing students about the recent GNRD/IIPJHR missions to observe elections in Algeria and Egypt.