GENEVA, February 23, 2016 — Ukrainian MP Svitlana Zalishchuk, who was influential in the 2013 EuroMaidan Movement in her country, today participated in a panel discussion (video above) on the rise of authoritarianism alongside three other speakers and moderator Christopher Walker, before a packed room of human rights victims, dissidents and activists at the our 8th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Svitlana Zalishchuk also addressed diplomats, journalists and human rights defenders at Monday’s opening session of the Geneva Summit, held at the UN:

Below are some highlights from her speech:

“Sometimes it’s incredible how stories from others can make you recognize your own story and the history of your own country. I come from Ukraine. I used to be an activist protesting against censorship in our country. Now I am a Member of Parliament […] fighting for the future against an authoritarian regime […] I used to be a journalist making documentaries about the biggest corruption case of our former President, and now I’m a decision-maker in my own country.”

“History isn’t just what happened 10 years ago, 1 year ago or yesterday. We are still responsible for making history.”

“I would like to thank those UN ambassadors and politicians dealing not with resolutions or texts but with people’s destinies and people’s rights.”

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Blog Post Summaries of the Speeches

Webcast: Live on Feb. 23rd from 9:15 am to 5:30 pm CET at

Videos (to be posted after the panels)

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