The 12th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – February 18, 2020

PROGRAM

9:30       WELCOME

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

9:40         CONFRONTING OPPRESSION, DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS

ModeratorMelissa MahtaniSenior producer and reporter, CNN

  • Peter Bhatti, Brother of Pakistani minister assassinated for defending victim of blasphemy law.
  • Lyubov Sobol, Russian lawyer, anti-corruption activist & social media influencer.
  • Kaveh Shahrooz, Lawyer, human rights activist, Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
  • Nury Turkel, Attorney & co-founder of Uyghur Human Rights Project. (By Video)

11:00        QATAR’S WORLD CUP SLAVES

 11:15         FIGHTING AUTHORITARIANISM

ModeratorPhil Bennion, Vice-Chair, Liberal International Human Rights Committee, former Member of the European Parliament.

  • Laritza Diversent, Cuban human rights lawyer & executive director of Cubalex, a legal aid organization for Cuban citizens.
  • Rebecca Kabuo, Pro-democracy activist in Democratic Republic of Congo, was one of the youngest prisoners of conscience in the world.
  • Yavuz Aydin, Turkish judge purged by President Erdogan, now in exile.

12:00          TRAILBLAZER: JAILED FOR SHOWING HER HAIR 

Presented by: Dr. Stephanie Krisper, Member of the Austrian Parliament, human rights exper

  • Shaparak Shajarizadeh, Iranian women’s rights activist arrested and jailed for removing her headscarf, named by BBC as one of Top 100 inspiring and influential women around the world.

          Interviewed byMelissa MahtaniSenior producer and reporter, CNN 

————– 12:30  Lunch —————-

 

14:00         ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE           

  • Memory Banda, Leads Malawi’s fight to end child marriage through her work with Let Girls Lead and the Girl Empowerment Network of Malawi.

 14:15          SUPPORTING POLITICAL PRISONERS

Moderator: Prof. Irwin Cotler, Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada.

  • Dennis Chau, Son of Vietnamese political prisoner Van Kham Chau.
  • Jewher Ilham, Daughter of Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, political prisoner in China.
  • Dr. Elham Manea, Middle East scholar at the University of Zurich, writer, advocate for Saudi political prisoner Raif Badawi.

15:30         THE HONG KONG PROTESTS: AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

  • Denise Ho, Hong Kong pop singer and human rights activist. (By Video)

15:45         REFLECTIONS ON 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UN CHARTER           

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

16:00        VENEZUELA: DOES MADURO BELONG ON THE UNHRC?

  • María-Alejandra Aristeguieta Álvarez, Ambassador-designate in Switzerland of Venezuela interim President Juan Guaido. 
  • Rosa Orozco, Mother of victim Geraldin Moreno who was killed by the dictatorship. Director of Justice, Encounter and Forgiveness.
  • Diego Arria, Advocate for Venezuelan human rights, former Ambassador to UN & President of Security Council.

 16:15         THE ABOLITIONIST THAT WON’T BE SILENCED 

Presented by: Brandon Silver, Directory of Policy and Projects, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

16:30          CONCLUDING REMARKS: TAKING ACTION

  • Prof. Irwin Cotler, Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada.

16:45           END OF SUMMIT

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