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.

2017 Speakers

Can Dündar
Can DündarLeading Turkish journalist and the former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet
Mohamed Nasheed
Mohamed NasheedFormer President of the Maldives
Nyima Lhamo
Nyima LhamoTibetan activist and niece of religious leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
Zhanna Nemtsova
Zhanna NemtsovaJournalist, social activist, and daughter of Boris Nemtsov

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Next Summit: 21.02.2017
In Geneva, Switzerland
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