2021 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

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2021 Speakers

András Simonyi
András SimonyiAcademic and former Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S.
Can Dündar
Can DündarLeading Turkish journalist arrested and forced into exile for his brave reporting
Daria Navalnaya
Daria NavalnayaDaughter of poisoned and jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Evan Mawarire
Evan MawarireZimbabwean protest leader, arrested six times and tortured for his civil rights work
Gulalai Ismail
Gulalai IsmailPakistani women's rights activist, political prisoner and escapee after going into forced hiding
Irwin Cotler
Irwin CotlerFormer Canadian Minister of Justice and MP, advocate for political prisoners
Jihyun Park
Jihyun ParkBritish-North Korean escapee and survivor of a North Korean forced labor camp
Kylie Moore-Gilbert
Kylie Moore-GilbertAustralian-British academic just freed after two years in Iranian prison as a victim of hostage diplomacy
Melissa Mahtani
Melissa MahtaniCNN senior producer and reporter
Nathan Law
Nathan LawHong Kong student leader of the Umbrella Movement, former Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council who fled arrest
Rayhan Asat
Rayhan AsatUyghur activist, sister of Ekpar Asat who was disappeared by China
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Sviatlana TsikhanouskayaBelarusian opposition presidential candidate forced to flee after rigged elections
Tania Bruguera
Tania BrugueraCuban political performance artist repeatedly arrested for her work
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-MurzaRussian dissident and politician who survived two poisoning attempts
Waad al-Kateab
Waad al-KateabSyrian refugee and award-winning documentary filmmaker on the conflict in Syria
Yang Jianli
Yang JianliChinese dissident, former political prisoner, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor and President of Initiatives for China

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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: 15.03.2022
In Geneva, Switzerland