2018 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

 February 20, 2018

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

2018 Speakers

Alfred Moses
Alfred Moses
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
Effy Nguyen
Effy NguyenSon of Nguyen Trung Ton, detained Vietnamese human rights defender and pastor
Farida Abbas Khalaf
Farida Abbas KhalafFreed Yazidi ISIS slave, author of "The Girl Who Beat ISIS"
Fred and Cindy Warmbier
Fred and Cindy WarmbierParents of Otto Warmbier, American student tortured in North Korea
Golog Jigme
Golog JigmeTibetan monk and human rights activist
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
Javier El-Hage
Javier El-HageGeneral Counsel, Human Rights Foundation
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
Kasha JacquelineUgandan LGBT activist, founder and director of Freedom and Roam Uganda
Kenneth Bae
Kenneth BaeSurvivor of North Korean gulag, longest-held American prisoner
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
Maryam Malekpour
Maryam MalekpourSister of Saeed Malekpour, Iranian developer serving life sentence in Evin prison on spurious charges.
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi
Maryam Nayeb YazdiHuman rights activist, founder of Persian2English.com, a website documenting Iranian human rights violations, co-founder of Oslo Women's Rights Initiative
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 SiddiquiPakistani journalist and social media activist who narrowly escaped a recent abduction attempt
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-MurzaLeading dissident against Putin regime, Chairman of Boris Nemtsov Foundation, survivor of two poisoning attempts
William Browder
William BrowderHedge fund manager who lead successful campaign to adopt Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law sanctioning Russian oligarchs
Yang Jianli
Yang JianliChinese dissident, former political prisoner, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor and President of Initiatives for China
Yavuz Baydar
Yavuz BaydarTurkish journalist who won the 2014 European Press Prize for fighting censorship in Turkey

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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
In Geneva, Switzerland
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