2020 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

February 18, 2020

 Rue de Varembé 17
1211 Genève

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2020 Speakers

Alfred Moses
Alfred MosesChair of UN Watch, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Special Presidential Envoy for the Cyprus Conflict, Special Counsel to President Jimmy Carter
Biram Dah Abeid
Biram Dah AbeidLeader of the fight against slavery in Mauritania
Denise Ho
Denise HoHong Kong pro-democracy activist and award-winning singer and actress (by video)
Dennis Chau
Dennis ChauRights activist and son of Vietnamese political prisoner
Diego Arria
Diego ArriaFormer Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN and President of the Security Council
Elham Manea
Elham ManeaProfessor of Middle East affairs and family spokesperson for Raif Badawi
Hillel Neuer
Hillel NeuerExecutive Director, UN Watch
Irwin Cotler
Irwin CotlerFormer Canadian Minister of Justice and MP, advocate for political prisoners
Jewher Ilham
Jewher IlhamAuthor, rights activist, and daughter of Uyghur scholar sentenced to life in prison for promoting peace
Kaveh Shahrooz
Kaveh ShahroozHuman rights lawyer and policy expert
Laritza Diversent
Laritza DiversentCuban human rights lawyer and activist
Lyubov Sobol
Lyubov SobolRussian opposition leader and prominent social media influencer
María-Alejandra Aristeguieta-Álvareza
María-Alejandra Aristeguieta-ÁlvarezaAmbassador-designate in Switzerland of Venezuela interim President Juan Guaido
Melissa Mahtani
Melissa MahtaniCNN senior producer and reporter
Memory Banda
Memory BandaLeading Malawian rights activist fighting to end child marriage
Nury Turkel
Nury TurkelUyghur rights activist and lawyer
Pete Pattisson
Pete PattissonAward-winning investigative journalist on labor exploitation in Qatar
Peter Bhatti
Peter BhattiBrother of Pakistani Minister who was assassinated for supporting Asia Bibi
Rebecca Kabuo
Rebecca KabuoCongolese rights activist named the world's youngest prisoner of conscience
Rosa Orozco
Rosa OrozcoMother of student protester murdered by the Venezuelan National Guard
Shaparak Shajarizadeh
Shaparak ShajarizadehIranian activist imprisoned for removing headscarf in defiance of hijab law
Stephanie Krisper
Stephanie KrisperMember of the Austrian Parliament, human rights expert
Yang Jianli
Yang JianliChinese dissident, former political prisoner, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor and President of Initiatives for China
Yavuz Aydin
Yavuz AydinTurkish judge purged by President Erdogan

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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: 18.02.2020
In Geneva, Switzerland