2018 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

 February 20, 2018

 Centre International de Conférences Genève
17 rue de Varembé, 1202 Geneva

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2018 Speakers

Antonio Ledezma
Antonio LedezmaVenezuelan opposition leader, political prisoner who escaped in November 2017
Asli Erdoğan
Asli ErdoğanTurkish novelist, political prisoner who was released in December 2016
Farida Abbas Khalaf
Farida Abbas KhalafFreed Yazidi ISIS slave, author of "The Girl Who Beat ISIS"
Guillermo Fariñas Hernández
Guillermo Fariñas HernándezPsychologist and journalist fighting corruption in Cuba who has conducted 23 hunger strikes and has endured 11 years in prison for his defiance of the Cuban regime
Hans van Baalen
Hans van BaalenPresident of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
Irwin Cotler
Irwin CotlerFormer Canadian Minister of Justice and MP, advocate for political prisoners
Jigme Golog
Jigme GologTibetan monk and human rights activist
Julienne Lusenge
Julienne LusengeLeading women's rights champion fighting rape as a weapon of war in eastern Congo, president of Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera
Kasha Jacqueline NabageseraUgandan LGBT activist, founder and director of Freedom and Roam Uganda
Lam Wing-kee
Lam Wing-keeAbducted by Chinese authorities for selling politically sensitive books in Hong Kong
Luis Almagro
Luis AlmagroSecretary General of the Organization of American States, former Foreign Minister of Uruguay
Maziar Bahari
Maziar BahariIranian-Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist
Pastor Evan Mawarire
Pastor Evan MawarireLeading Zimbabwean opposition activist, acquitted in November 2016 on charges of trying to overthrow Robert Mugabe's government
Taha Siddiqui
Taha Siddiqui
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-MurzaRussian dissident, vice chairman of Open Russia
William Browder
William BrowderHedge fund manager who lead successful campaign to adopt Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law sanctioning Russian oligarchs
Wuilly Arteaga
Wuilly ArteagaViolinist who became a symbol of democracy protests in Venezuela
Yang Jianli
Yang JianliChinese dissident, former political prisoner, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor and President of Initiatives for China

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Who We Are

On the eve of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s main annual session, the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy assembles each year hundreds of courageous dissidents and human rights victims, activists, diplomats, journalists and student leaders to shine a spotlight on urgent human rights situations that require global attention.

The Geneva Summit is sponsored by a coalition of 25 human rights NGOs from around the world. This annual conference builds on the success and momentum of the previous gatherings, which have been widely acclaimed in the international human rights community.

Human rights heroes, activists and former political prisoners from China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela and other countries testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom, and join hands to plan action strategies.

The Geneva Summit has been featured in media around the globe, including CNN, Agence France Presse, AP, The Australian, the Wall Street Journal, Spanish news agency EFE, Radio Free Europe and ANSA.

Next Summit: 20.02.2018
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