On the eve of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s main annual session, the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy assembles each year hundreds of courageous dissidents and human rights victims, activists, diplomats, journalists and student leaders to shine a spotlight on urgent human rights situations that require global attention.
The Geneva Summit is sponsored by a coalition of 20 human rights NGOs from around the world. This annual conference builds on the success and momentum of the previous gatherings, which have been widely acclaimed in the international human rights community.
Human rights heroes, activists and former political prisoners from China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela and other countries testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom, and join hands to plan action strategies.
The Geneva Summit has been featured in media around the globe, including CNN, Agence France Presse, AP, The Australian, the Wall Street Journal, Spanish news agency EFE, Radio Free Europe and ANSA.
Please join us.
February 24, 2015
Centre International de Conférences Genève
17 rue de Varembé, 1202 Geneva
Register now: www.genevasummit.org
Traduction simultanée en français
Yeonmi Park escaped North Korea as a young child and witnessed first-hand the regime’s atrocities against its own people.
Mustafa Nayyem, whose summons to rally on Facebook on November 21, 2013 sparked the Euromaidan protests, is a Ukrainian journalist recently elected to Parliament, and the recipient of the Wilson Center’s 2014 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.
Maria Corina Machado won election to Venezuela’s National Assembly with the highest percentage of any candidate, and has more than 2 million followers on Twitter. In March of this year, the Maduro regime expelled her from parliament, falsely accusing her of incitement, treason, murder and criminal conspiracy.
Masij Alinejad, an award-winning Iranian journalist, is the creator of the widely-reported “My Stealthy Freedom” Facebook page, which encourages Iranian women to upload images of themselves without the mandatory hijab, and has garnered more than 700,000 Likes. In an essay in Time Magazine, Ms. Alinejad told of Iran’s massive campaign to smear her.
Yavuz Baydar, a prominent Turkish journalist, received the Special Award of the European Press Prize in 2014 for his fight against censorship and defense of professional values in Turkey.
ORGANIZED BY AN INTERNATIONAL NGO COALITION