9th Annual Geneva Summit

February 2017



Resources from the 2017 Summit:


9:15  Welcome

  • Hillel Neuer    (@HillelNeuer)
    Executive Director of UN Watch

9:25  Opening Address

  • Irwin Cotler    (@IrwinCotler)
    Chair, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

9:45  The Return of Authoritarianism 

Moderator: Jakub Klepal    
Executive Director, Forum 2000

  • Can Dündar    (@candundaradasi)
    Exiled former editor of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet
  • Zhanna Nemtsova    (@ZhannaNemstova)
    Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom
  • Anastasia Zotova
    Human rights activist, wife of jailed Russian dissident Ildar Dadin

10:45  Presentation of Geneva Summit 2017 Women’s Rights Award

Presenter: Tamara Dancheva
Liberal International

  • Shirin
    Freed Yazidi sex slave of the Islamic State, author of “I Remain a Daughter of the Light”

11:15  Fighting Oppression, Defending Human Rights

Moderator: Jared Genser    (@JaredGenser)
Perseus Strategies

  • Antonietta Ledezma    (@anleca15)
    Human rights activist, daughter of imprisoned Mayor of Caracas Antonio Ledezma
  • Chito Gascon
    Chair, Philippines Human Rights Commission
  • Taghi Rahmani
    Journalist, former Iranian political prisoner, husband of jailed human rights activist Narges Mohammadi

12:15  Do Human Rights Matter?

  • Ambassador Alfred H. Moses
    Chair of UN Watch

———————— 12:30   Networking Lunch ————————

13:00  Side Event – Youth, the Media and Human Rights Activism: Uses and challenges

With: Zhanna Nemtsova
Journalist, founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

14:00  Art for Human Rights

  • El Sexto
    Cuban graffiti artist, dissident, jailed for criticizing Castro, just released from prison four weeks ago

14:20  The Fight for Freedom and Democracy

Moderator: Maria Alejandra Aristeguieta
Coordinator, Iniciativa por Venezuela

  • Nyima Lhamo
    Escaped Tibetan activist, niece of Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche who died in Chinese prison
  • Biram Dah Abeid
    Leader of anti-slavery fight in Mauritania

15:00  Presentation of Geneva Summit 2017 Courage Award

Presenter: Astrid Thors    (@AstridThors)
Former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Finnish Minister, MP & MEP

  • Mohamed Nasheed    (@MohamadNasheed)
    Former President of the Maldives, country’s leading human rights activist, former political prisoner

15:30  Voices for the Voiceless

Moderator: Médard Mulangala    (@medardmulanala)
Opposition leader in DRC

  • James Jones    (@jamesjonestv)
    Producer of film “Saudi Arabia Uncovered”
  • Kim Kwang-jin
    North Korean defector and former banker of the North Korean dictator
  • Dang Xuan Dieu
    Vietnamese human rights activist, political prisoner for 6 years, just released last month

———————— 16:30   End of Summit  ————————

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