Save the date – 9th Geneva Summit February 21, 2017

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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.

A Selection Of Our Speakers Over The Years

Alex Chow and Lester Shum
Alex Chow and Lester ShumStudent leaders of the Hong Kong protest movement as Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of the Hong Kong Federation of Students
Anastasia Lin
Anastasia LinHuman rights advocate and Miss World Canada
Anne Brasseur
Anne BrasseurFormer President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, former Minister of Education of Luxembourg, Honorary President of ALDE-PACE
Antonietta Ledezma
Antonietta LedezmaDaughter of imprisoned mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma
Chen Guangcheng
Chen GuangchengChinese blind lawyer who works to promote human rights in rural areas in China.
Ensaf Haidar
Ensaf HaidarWife of Raif Badawi, world's most famous political prisoner
Esther Mujawayo
Esther MujawayoRwandan genocide survivor and activist
Jacqueline Kasha
Jacqueline KashaWorld-renowned activist for LGBTI rights in Uganda
Jan Ilhan Kizilhan
Jan Ilhan KizilhanGerman psychologist operating a clinic for women raped by ISIS
Lee Young-guk
Lee Young-gukFormer bodyguard to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il
Lord David Trimble
Lord David TrimbleNobel Peace Prize Laureate, member of British House of Lords, former First Minister of Northern Ireland
Maikel Nabil
Maikel NabilActivist and leader of the 2011 Egyptian revolution
Maria Leissner
Maria LeissnerSecretary General, Community of Democracies
Masih Alinejad
Masih AlinejadAward-winning Iranian freelance journalist and creator of 'My Stealthy Freedom' project encouraging women to post photos without headscarves
Mukhtar Mai
Mukhtar MaiPakistani rape victim, author and human rights activist
Rebiya Kadeer
Rebiya KadeerHuman rights advocate and President of the World Uyghur Conference
Rosa Maria Paya
Rosa Maria PayaCuban human rights activist
SaaNigerian girl who escaped Boko Haram, speaking publicly for the first time
Saad Eddin Ibrahim
Saad Eddin IbrahimEgyptian world-renowned academic and human rights activist, founder of several pro-democracy organizations
Simon Deng
Simon DengSudanese human rights activist and former slave
Svitlana Zalishchuk
Svitlana ZalishchukUkrainian Parliamentarian active in 2013 EuroMaidan movement
Vian Dakhil
Vian DakhilOnly female Yazidi member of Iraqi Parliament
William Browder
William BrowderFounder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, leading a global campaign against corporate corruption in Russia
Yeonmi Park
Yeonmi ParkNorth Korean defector, she witnessed first-hand the regime's atrocities against its own people

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Next Summit: 21.02.2017
In Geneva, Switzerland