GENEVA, February 22, 2016 — United States Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council today addressed a room of human rights victims, dissidents and activists at the opening session of our 2016 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Below are some of the highlights from her speech.

“If I had to sum up the state of global democracy in four words I’d say: ‘Democracy is under attack.'”

“It’s so ridiculous that this [democracy] could be a geographical idea or a cultural idea… this will be what people strive for, what people always strive for.”

“More than 2 billion people live under authoritarian regimes.”

“Many are hiding behind a ballot box to hide that they are dictators.”

“But my main concern today not so much dictators, but the democrats — I am very concerned to see fundamental democratic principles under threat in stable democracies.”

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