2018 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

 February 20, 2018

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


2018 Speakers

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
Farida Abbas Khalaf
Farida Abbas KhalafFreed Yazidi ISIS slave, author of "The Girl Who Beat ISIS"
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
Kasha Jacqueline
Kasha JacquelineUgandan LGBT activist, founder and director of Freedom and Roam Uganda
Luis Almagro
Luis AlmagroSecretary General of the Organization of American States, former Foreign Minister of Uruguay
Maziar Bahari
Maziar BahariIranian Canadian journalist, film maker 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
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-MurzaRussian dissident, vice chairman of Open Russia
William Browder
William BrowderHedge fund manager who lead successful campaign to adopt Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law sanctioning Russian oligarchs
Wuilly Arteaga
Wuilly ArteagaViolinist who became a symbol of democracy protests in Venezuela

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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