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.
Anastasia ZotovaWife of jailed Russian dissident Ildar Dadin
Antonietta LedezmaDaughter of imprisoned mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma
Astrid ThorsFinnish politician and former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Biram Dah AbeidLeader of the fight against slavery in Mauritania
Can DündarLeading Turkish journalist and the former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet
Chito GasconChair of the Human Rights Commission of the Philippines
Dang Xuan DieuVietnamese dissident, just freed after 6 years in prison
Danilo “El Sexto” MaldonadoCuban artist and activist, just released after imprisonment for criticizing Castro
Irwin CotlerFormer Canadian Minister of Justice and MP, advocate for political prisoners
James JonesEmmy-winning documentary-maker, producer of Saudi Arabia Uncovered
Médard MulangalaVice President of the Africa Liberal Network
Mohamed NasheedFormer President of the Maldives
North Korean Defector(Identity concealed for security purposes)
Nyima LhamoTibetan activist and niece of religious leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
ShirinFreed Yazidi sex slave of ISIS, author of 'I Remain a Daughter of the Light'
Taghi RahmaniJournalist, former Iranian political prisoner, and husband of jailed human rights activist Narges Mohammadi
Zhanna NemtsovaJournalist, founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom