11th Geneva Summit – Mar. 26, 2019

March 2019

26

Tuesday

9:30 Welcome

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

9:45 Opening Address

  • James Kirchick, Journalist, author, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution

10:00 Struggle for Democracy in Latin America

Moderator: Centa Rek, Senior Legal and Policy Associate, Human Rights Foundation

  • Juan Carlos Gutierrez, Human Rights Lawyer, President of the World Jurist Association’s Human Rights Institute
  • Diego Arria, Advocate for Venezuelan human rights, former Ambassador to the UN and President of the Security Council
  • Felix Maradiaga, Nicaraguan opposition leader targeted with false criminal charges

 Political Prisoners as a Looking Glass into the Resurgent Authoritarianism

  • Prof. Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, former Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General, advocate for political prisoners, legal scholar

11:00 Why our Father is in Prison: a Conversation with the Family of Raif Badawi

Interviewer: Dr. Elham Manea, Professor at the University of Zurich

  • Ensaf Haidar, Human rights activist, wife of Saudi political prisoner Raif Badawi
  • Najwa Badawi, Daughter of Raif Badawi
  • Tirad Badawi, Son of Raif Badawi
  • Miriyam Badawi, Daughter of Raif Badawi

11:30 Confronting Oppression, Defending Human Rights

Moderator: Michael Levitt, Canadian MP, Chair of Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee

  • Ketty Nivyabandi, Poet and exiled Burundian democracy activist, led a movement of women-only protest
  • Nurcan Baysal, Award-winning Kurdish journalist and activist, recently detained by Turkey
  • Abdalaziz Alhamza, Co-founder and spokesperson for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a citizen journalist group reporting Syrian war news and human rights abuses by the Islamic state

12:10 Presentation of 2019 International Women’s Rights Award

Presenter: Michael Beuret, Journalist, Head of Editorial Content at Fondation Hirondelle

RecipientNimco AliCo-Founder of Daughters of Eve, advocate for women and girls at risk for female genital mutilation, survivor

————– 12:30 Lunch —————-

14:00 Do Human Rights Matter? 

14:15 Supporting Political Prisoners

Moderator: Yang Jianli, President of Initiatives for China, former political prisoner

  • Nguyen Van Dai, Vietnamese human rights lawyer just released from prison
  • Richard RatcliffeHusband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, British-Iranian citizen imprisoned in Iran on spurious charges
  • Vicente de Lima II, Brother of Philippines Senator Leila de Lima, currently imprisoned for criticizing President Duterte’s Drug War

15:00 Panel Discussion: How can we make a difference? 

Moderator: Paulina Neuding, European Editor of Quillette, Swedish writer and columnist

  • James Kirchick, Journalist, author, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution
  • Michael Levitt, Canadian MP, Chair of Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Dr. Elham Manea, Professor at the University of Zurich
  • Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of United Nations Watch, on behalf of 25 NGO co-sponsors of the Geneva Summit

16:00 Presentation of Geneva Summit 2019 Courage Award

  • Dhondup WangchenTibetan flimmaker and activist, jailed 6 years in Chinese prison

16:30 End of Summit

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