Attendance is free but registration is mandatory. The Summit will be webcast live on the day

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.

Our Speakers

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
Christopher Walker
Christopher WalkerExecutive Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy
Daniel Mekonnen
Daniel MekonnenExiled Eritrean human rights lawyer and scholar
Darya Safai
Darya SafaiIranian campaigner for women's rights
Ensaf Haidar
Ensaf HaidarWife of Raif Badawi, world's most famous political prisoner
Ilhan Kyuchyuk
Ilhan KyuchyukMember of the European Parliament and its Committee on Foreign Affairs
Irwin Cotler
Irwin CotlerFormer Canadian Minister of Justice and MP, advocate for political prisoners, Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University
Jan Ilhan Kizilhan
Jan Ilhan KizilhanGerman psychologist operating a clinic for women raped by ISIS
Javier El-Hage
Javier El-HageGeneral Counsel, Human Rights Foundation
Jigme Golog
Jigme GologTibetan monk and human rights activist
Joan Hoey
Joan HoeyEditor, Democracy Index, Economist Intelligence Unit
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
Mitzy Capriles
Mitzy CaprilesWife of imprisoned mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma
Orhan Kemal Cengiz
Orhan Kemal CengizTurkish human rights lawyer and columnist
Rosa Maria Paya
Rosa Maria PayaCuban human rights activist
Sohrab Ahmari
Sohrab AhmariJournalist, the Wall Street Journal
Svitlana Zalishchuk
Svitlana ZalishchukUkrainian Parliamentarian active in 2013 EuroMaidan movement
Tom Gross
Tom GrossJournalist and Middle East expert
Vian Dakhil
Vian DakhilOnly female Yazidi member of Iraqi Parliament
Yang Jianli
Yang JianliChinese dissident, former political prisoner, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor and President of Initiatives for China

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Next Summit: 23.02.2016
In Geneva, Switzerland