2020 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

February 18, 2020

 Rue de Varembé 17
1211 Genève

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2019 Speakers

Abdalaziz Alhamza
Abdalaziz AlhamzaAward-winning Syrian journalist, co-founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently
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
Centa Rek
Centa RekSenior Legal and Policy Associate at the Human Rights Foundation
Dhondup Wangchen
Dhondup WangchenTibetan filmmaker and activist who spent six years in Chinese prison
Diego Arria
Diego ArriaFormer Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN and President of the Security Council
Ensaf Haidar
Ensaf HaidarHuman rights activist, wife of Saudi political prisoner Raif Badawi
Felix Maradiaga
Felix MaradiagaNicaraguan opposition leader, targeted by the government on false criminal charges
Hakima El Haité
Hakima El HaitéPresident of Liberal International, Former Minister of Environment for Morocco
James Kirchick
James KirchickJournalist, author, and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution
Juan Carlos Gutiérrez
Juan Carlos GutiérrezHuman Rights Lawyer, President of the World Jurist Association's Human Rights Institute
Ketty Nivyabandi
Ketty NivyabandiPoet and exiled Burundian democracy activist, led a movement of women-only protests
Michael Levitt
Michael LevittCanadian MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Former Chair of the Human Rights Subcommittee
Nguyen Van Dai
Nguyen Van DaiVietnamese human rights lawyer just released from prison
Nimco Ali
Nimco AliAward-winning women's rights activist and campaigner against FGM
Nurcan Baysal
Nurcan BaysalAward-winning Kurdish journalist and activist, recently detained by Turkey
Paulina Neuding
Paulina NeudingSwedish journalist, European editor of Quillette
Richard Ratcliffe
Richard RatcliffeHusband of arbitrarily detained British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, leads #FreeNazanin campaign
Vicente de Lima II
Vicente de Lima IIBrother of Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, jailed for criticizing Duterte's Drug War
Yang Jianli
Yang JianliChinese dissident, former political prisoner, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor and President of Initiatives for China

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2019 Exhibition: TRUTH FIGHTERS

The German art collective Wahrheitskämpfer (Truth Fighters) is comprised of artists who have come together to honor murdered and persecuted journalists by painting and displaying their portraits. Through their exhibitions, they aim to remember the journalists’ stories and ensure that they are not forgotten. Their work has been exhibited around the world, including at the 2018 UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Conference in Ghana and on a special exhibit at the Hague.


Who We Are

On the heels 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