2020 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

February 18, 2020

 Rue de Varembé 17
1211 Genève

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2020 Speakers

Biram Dah Abeid
Biram Dah AbeidLeader of the fight against slavery in Mauritania
Denise Ho
Denise HoAward-winning singer and actress, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, LGBTQ rights advocate
Nury Turkel
Nury TurkelUyghur rights activist and lawyer
Peter Bhatti
Peter BhattiActivist for Pakistani religious minorities and refugees
Shaparak Shajarizadeh
Shaparak ShajarizadehWomen's rights activist, former Iranian political prisoner, Senior Fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

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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