June 7 & 8 2021

Monday, 7 June 2021

9:00 am EST | 3:00 pm CEST | 9:00 pm HKT
* Times below are in Geneva local time

3:00 pm*     Welcome

  • Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, on behalf of Geneva Summit co-sponsors

3:10 pm      Surviving the Siege of Aleppo

  • Waad Al-Kateab, Syrian refugee and award-winning documentary filmmaker on the conflict in Syria

3:15 pm      Disappeared by China

  • Rayhan Asat, Uyghur activist, sister of Ekpar Asat who was abducted by Chinese authorities

3:25 pm      Panel: the Fragility of Freedom and Democracy

Moderator: Melissa Mahtani, Senior producer and reporter, CNN

  • Nathan Law, Former member of Hong Kong Legislative Council who fled arrest & student leader of 2014 Umbrella Movement
  • András Simonyi, Academic & former Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Can Dündar, Leading Turkish journalist arrested, jailed and forced into exile for his reporting on Erdogan’s government

4:20 pm      Artivism and Repression in Cuba

  • Tania Bruguera, Cuban political performance artist repeatedly arrested for her work

4:25 pm      The Political Pandemic: Resurgent Global Authoritarianism

  • Prof. Irwin Cotler, Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada.

4:30 pm      2021 International Women’s Rights Award

  • Gulalai Ismail, Pakistani women’s rights activist, former political prisoner who escaped the country

4:45 pm        End of day 1


Tuesday, 8 June 2021

9:00 am EST | 3:00 pm CEST
* Times below are in Geneva local time

3:00 pm*       Welcome

3:05 pm*      Belarus: Fearless in the Face of Tyranny

3:15 pm       North Korea: Escape from Starvation, Torture, Persecution

  • Jihyun Park, Escapee and survivor of a North Korean forced labor camp

3:20 pm       2021 Moral Courage Award

  • Daria Navalnaya, receiving the award on behalf of her father, Alexei Navalny, leading opponent of Putin, current political prisoner in Russia

3:25 pm       Arbitrary Arrest, Solitary Confinement & Forced Confessions: The Case of Iran

  • Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Australian-British academic just freed after two years in Iranian prison as a victim of hostage diplomacy

3:30 pm       Panel: Champions for Change
Moderator: Melissa Mahtani, Senior producer and reporter, CNN

  • Evan Mawarire, Zimbabwean protest leader, arrested six times and tortured for his human rights work
  • Yang Jianli, Chinese dissident, former political prisoner, survivor of Tiananmen Square massacre and President of Initiatives for China
  • Vladimir Kara-Murza, Leading dissident against Putin regime, Chairman of Boris Nemtsov Foundation, survivor of two poisoning attempts

5:00 pm       End of program

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