Dissidents Gather at the United Nations for Opening Session of the 2019 Geneva Summit


Hakima el Haite, President of Liberal International, Former Minister of Environment for Morocco

James Kirchik – Journalist, author, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute

Juan Carlos Guiterrez – Human rights lawyer, President of the World Jurist Association’s Human Rights Institute

Diego Arria – Advocate for Venezuelan human rights, former Ambassador to the UN and President of the Security Council

Felix Maradiaga – Nicaraguan opposition leader targeted with false criminal charges

Ensaf Haidar (with children Najwa, Tirad and Miriyam Badawi) – Human rights activist, wife of Saudi political prisoner Raif Badawi

Michael Levitt – Canadian MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee

Ketty Nivyabandi – Poet and exiled Burundian democracy activist, led a movement of women-only protest

Nurcan Baysal – Award-winning Kurdish journalist and activist, recently detained by Turkey

Abdalaziz Alhamza – Co-founder and spokesperson for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a citizen journalist group reporting Syrian war news and human rights abuses by the Islamic state

Nimco Ali – Co-Founder of Daughters of Eve, advocate for women and girls at risk for female genital mutilation, survivor

Nguyen Van Dai – Vietnamese human rights lawyer just released from prison

Vicente de Lima – brother of imprisoned Philippines Senator Leila de Lima

Richard Ratcliffe – Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, British-Iranian citizen imprisoned in Iran on spurious charges

Yang Jianli – President of Initiatives for China, former political prisoner in China

Dhondup Wangchen – Tibetan filmmaker and activist, jailed 6 years in Chinese prison

Dr. Elham Manea – Professor at the University of Zurich

Ambassador Alfred H. Moses – Chair of United Nations Watch