10th Geneva Summit – Feb. 20, 2018

February 2018



9:00  Welcome

  • Hillel Neuer
    Executive Director of UN Watch, on behalf of the 25 NGO co-sponsors of the Geneva Summit

9:10  Opening Address

  • Luis Almagro
    Secretary General of the Organization of American States

9:30  Fighting Authoritarianism 

Moderator:  Javier El-Hage, Chief Legal Officer, Human Rights Foundation

10:30  Journalist under attack : the case of Pakistan 

  • Taha Siddiqui 
    Award-winning Pakistani journalist, attacked for criticizing the military

10:45  China After Liu Xiabo

Moderator : Yang JianliPresident of Initiatives for China, former political prisoner

  • Lam Wing-kee
    Hong-Kong bookseller abducted by China for selling banned books
  • Golog Jigme 
    Tibetan monk, human rights activist, former political prisoner

11:30  The Girl Who Escaped ISIS

Interviewer: Jonny GouldBritish journalist and broadcaster

12:00  Presentation : 2018 International Women’s Rights Award

Presenter: Ruth Dreifuss, First female president of Switzerland

Recipient : Julienne Lusenge
Congolese women’s rights champion fighting rape as a weapon of war, president of Solidarité Féminine pour la paix et le développement Intégra (SOFEPADI)

————————- 12:30  Lunch ————————

14:00  Should Venezuela Be On The United Nations Human Rights Council?

Moderator : María-Alejandra Aristeguieta ÁlvarezCoordinator of Iniciativa Por Venezuela

  • Irwin Cotler
    Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, member of OAS inquiry on Venezuela and the ICC, former Canadian MP, Minister of Justice & MP, Attorney General
  • Antonio Ledezma
    Mayor of Caracas, recently escaped political prisoner
  • Luis Almagro
    Secretary General of the Organization of American States

15:00  Equal rights : Decriminalizing homosexuality in Uganda

15:15  Iran: The 2018 Protests

Moderator : Maryam Nayeb Yazdihuman rights activist, founder of Persian2English.com

  • Maziar Bahari
    Journalist and filmmaker jailed and tortured by Iran, author of New York Times bestseller “Then They Came For Me”
  • Maryam Malekpour
    Sister of Saeed Malekpour, an innocent software developer imprisoned in Iran for “spreading corruption on earth”

16:00  Tortured in North Korea

Interviewer : Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch

  • Fred and Cindy Warmbier
    Parents of the late Otto Warmbier, an American student who died after being tortured in North Korea
  • Kenneth Bae
    Korean-American missionary jailed and tortured by North Korea

16:30  Universal Declaration of Human Rights : Reflection on the 70th Anniversary

  • Amb. Alfred H. Moses
    Chair of UN Watch, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Special Presidential Envoy for the Cyprus Conflict, Special Counsel to President Jimmy Carter

16:40  Presentation of Geneva Summit 2018 Courage Award 

Presenter : Irwin Cotler
Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

Recipient : Vladimir Kara-Murza
Leading dissident against the Putin regime, Chairman of Boris Nemtsov Foundation, survivor of two poisoning attempts

17:00  Summit Wrap-up

  • Irwin Cotler
    Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

17:15  End of Summit  

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