8th Annual Geneva Summit

February 2016



All sessions to be held at the Geneva International Conference Center (CICG)

9.15   Hillel Neuer    (@HillelNeuer)           
           Executive Director of UN Watch, on behalf of the 25 NGO co-sponsors of the Geneva Summit 

9:30  Opening Address: Beyond Geneva: Advancing Human Rights in 2016

Ambassador Alfred H. Moses
Chair of UN Watch

9:45     The Return of Authoritarianism

Moderator: Christopher Walker   (@Walker_CT)
Vice President, Studies and Analysis, National Endowment for Democracy

  • Svitlana Zalishchuk   (@svitlanaza)
    Ukrainian MP, Steering Committee of World Movement for Democracy
  • Irwin Cotler
    Former Canadian Minister of Justice & MP, lawyer for political prisoners, Emeritus McGill University Professor of Law
  • Yang Jianli   (@yangjianli001)
    President of Initiatives for China, former political prisoner
  • Joan Hoey
    Editor of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index

11:00   Presentation of Geneva Summit 2016 Women’s Rights Award

Remarks: Anne Brasseur, MP, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, former Minister of Education of Luxembourg, Honorary President of ALDE-PACE

                        Moderator: Sohrab Ahmari   (@SohrabAhmari)
                        Journalist, The Wall Street Journal

  • Vian Dakhil   (@VianDakhil)
    Yazidi Member of Iraqi Parliament
  • Jan Ilhan Kizilhan
    German psychologist who created a clinic in northern Iraq for women victimized by ISIS

12:00 Flogged for Blogging: The Case of Raif Badawi

  • Ensaf Haidar   (@miss9afi)
    Wife of Raif Badawi, Saudi blogger currently in jail, 2015 Laureate of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, interviewed by journalist Tom Gross

12:30   Networking Lunch

14:00  Keynote Address: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Lord David Trimble, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, member of the British House of Lords, former First Minister of Northern Ireland

14:15   Presentation of Geneva Summit 2016 Courage Award
Javier El-Hage   (@JavierElHage)
General Counsel, Human Rights Foundation

               Presenter: Celia Michonik, Chair of International Outreach, UN Watch

  • Antonietta Ledezma   (@anleca15)
    Daughter of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma who is currently in jail on politically-motivated charges
  • Julieta Lopez
    Aunt of Leopoldo Lopez

14:45   Is China Upholding Its Duties as a UN Human Rights Council Member?

Moderator: Yang Jianli   (@yangjianli001)
President of Initiatives for China, ex-political prisoner

  • Anastasia Lin   (@AnastasiaLinTO)
    Activist for human rights in China, 2015 Miss World Canada
  • Jigme Golog
    Tibetan monk, recently released from jail

15:30   Fighting Oppression, Defending Human Rights

Presenter: Irwin Cotler, Former Canadian Minister of Justice & MP, advocate for political prisoners, Emeritus McGill University Professor of Law

  • Darya Safai   (@SafaiDarya)
    Campaigner for right of Iranian women to enter sports stadiums
  • Orhan Kemal Cengiz   (@orkece)
    Turkish human rights lawyer, columnist for Today’s Zaman and
    Özgür Düşünce
  • Polina Nemirovskaia
    Human Rights Researcher, Open Russia

16:30   Voices for the Voiceless

Moderator: Philippe Robinet   (@PhilippeRobinet)
CEO Editions Kero

  • Daniel Mekonnen   (@DanRezmek)
    Exiled Eritrean human rights lawyer and scholar
  • Lee Young-guk
    Former bodyguard of Kim Jong-il, arrested and tortured for trying to defect, eventually escaped to South Korea
  • Rosa Maria Paya   (@RosaMariaPaya)
    Cuban human rights activist, daughter of late dissident Oswaldo Paya

17:30   End of Summit

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