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Human Rights

Welcome with Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Nazanin Afshin-Jam, international human rights activist and President and co-founder of Stop Child Executions, addresses the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks.   Full remarks   Nazanin Afshin-Jam: Good morning and welcome to the Geneva summit for Human Rights and Democracy. My

Cuba

Authoritarianism and Political Dissidents with José Gabriel Ramón Castillo

José Gabriel Ramón Castillo, Cuban human rights activist, who was expelled from the University of the Orient in 1993 after founding the first human rights organization in the Eastern region of the island, and was arrested and tortured in the 1990s, addresses the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and

Human Rights

Torture and Cruel and Inhuman Treatment with Parvez Sharma

Pavez Sharma, an Indian filmmaker, author, and journalist, addresses the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks.   Full remarks   Some of the largest and most bitter battles in this new century are going to be fought on the front lines of religion.

Iran

Torture and Cruel and Inhuman Treatment with Ahmad Batebi

Ahmad Batebi, an Iranian activist and prisoner of conscience who later fled to the United States, addresses the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks.   Full remarks   So I will speak about things that have not already been said, and I will

Libya

Tortured by the Libyan Regime with Kristiyana Valcheva

Kristiyana Valcheva, a Bulgarian nurse who was wrongfully accused by the Libyan regime of participating in the poisoning of 400 Libyan children, imprisoned, and tortured, addresses the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks.   Full remarks      

Libya

Tortured by the Libyan Regime with Ashraf El Hajouj

Ashraf El Hajouj, a Palestinian-Bulgarian medic who was the principal defendant in Libya’s so-called “HIV Trial,” addresses the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks.   Full remarks        

Human Rights

Bloggers for Freedom with Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Bart Woord, Pavel Marozau, Esra'a Al Shafei

A panel including former Secretary General of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY), Bart Woord; Belarusian and Estonian civic activist, media manager, and web producer, Pavel Marozau; international human rights activist and President and co-founder of Stop Child Executions, Nazanin Afshin-Jam; and dissident blogger from Bahrein creating virtual spaces

Human Rights

Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religion with Angela Wu, Patrick Gaubert, Brett Schaefer, Caroline Fourest, Mohamed Sifaoui, Floyd Abrams

A panel including scholar and practitioner of international religious liberty law, Angela Wu; Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs for The Heritage Foundation, Brett Schaefer; expert on US constitutional law and freedom of speech, Floyd Abrams; director, teacher, columnist, and the co-founder of the journal ProChoix who has previously

Concluding Remarks with Francois Zimeray

Francois Zimeray, international lawyer who has served as Ambassador of France to the UN Human Rights Council, addresses the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks.   Full remarks   Nazanin Afshin-Jam: I’d like to present to you ambassador Francois Zimeray. He’s the

Concluding Remarks with Alfred Moses

Alfred Moses, Chairman of UN Watch, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Special Presidential Envoy for the Cyprus Conflict, and Special Counsel to President Jimmy Carter, delivers the concluding remarks for the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks.   Full remarks

Speakers

Pavel Marozau

Belarusian and Estonian civic activist, media manager, and web producer

Brett Schaefer

Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs at the Heritage Foundation

Angela Wu

Scholar and practitioner of international religious liberty law

Soe Aung

Soe Aung is a Burmese dissident activist who was involved in the 1988 people’s uprising in Burma and has remained active outside of his country now for 20 years campaigning for freedom.

Bart Woord

Former Secretary General of the International Federation of Liberal Youth

Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Iranian-born Canadian human rights advocate and co-founder of Stop Child Executions

Ahmad Batebi

Iranian human rights activist and founder of Human Rights Activists in Iran

Irwin Cotler

International Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada

Ko Bo Kyi

Burmese activist and former political prisoner, founder of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners

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