Summits

program

Human Rights

Opening Speech with Markus Löning

Markus Löning, Chair of the Human Rights Committee at Liberal International, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Hillel Neuer: Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Hillel Neuer, I am the Executive Director of UN Watch, and it is

Turkey

Confronting Erdogan with Yavuz Baydar

Yavuz Baydar, Editor-in-Chief of Ahval, a trilingual Turkish news service, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Good morning everyone, thanks for joining us to discuss and debate issues around this noble cause. I have come here from Turkey, which

Russia

Protesting Putin with Maria Baronova

Maria Baronova, Russian human rights activist, journalist and subject of “The Bolotnaya Case”, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Hello. I am from Russia and as you know, things in my country are not as good as we would

Venezuela

Venezuela: Fighting For Freedom with Tamara Suju

Tamara Suju, Venezuelan lawyer and human rights activist, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Good morning. I’ve been asked to talk about my experience and what I’ve done so that I would end up in the Czech Republic, which

North Korea

Escaping North Korea with Yeon-Mi Park

Yeon-Mi Park, a North Korean defector and activist, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. Quotes: To Be Confirmed Full Remarks To Be Confirmed 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, UN Opening, February 23, 2015

Nigeria

Kidnapped by Boko Haram and ISIS with Emmanuel Ogebe, Tom Gross, Saa

A panel including international human rights lawyer and advocate for the Chibok Girls, Emmanuel Ogebe; one of the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram who is speaking under the pseudonym Saa; and journalist specializing in the Middle East and human rights, Tom Gross, at the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human

Syria

Held Captive By Terrorists with Pierre Torres, Tom Gross

French blogger who was captured by ISIS and released after repeated beatings, torture, and psychological abuse, Pierre Torres, and journalist specializing in the Middle East and human rights, Tom Gross, at the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Transcript Moderator: Pierre Torres

Pakistan

Pakistan: On Death Row for Blasphemy with Philippe Robinet, Ashiq Masih

Ashiq Masih, husband to Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death after being convicted of blasphemy, sits down with Philippe Robinet at the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Transcript Moderator: I just wanted to tell you that in this

Iran

Geneva Summit 2015 Women’s Rights Award with Masih Alinejad

Masih Alinejad, Iranian women’s rights activist, journalist, and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom campaign, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Hillel Neuer: I just want to say personally, what an honor it is for myself and my organization

Human Rights

Presentation of Geneva Summit 2015 Courage Award with Alfred Moses

Ambassador Alfred Moses, former special counsel to President Carter, U.S. ambassador to Romania, and special presidential envoy for the Cyprus conflict, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Hillel Neuer: The work that the Geneva Summit does for the past

Saudi Arabia

Geneva Summit 2015 Courage Award with Elham Manea

Elham Manea accepts the Geneva Summit Courage Award on behalf of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Dr. Elham Manea: Thank you very much. We stand united in our humanity. Your precious Courage

Tibet

Why Burn Yourself Alive? with Dicki Chhoyang

Dicki Chhoyang, Minister for Development and International Relations for the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan government in exile, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Dicki Chhoyang: Good afternoon. When I was thinking about what I would say this afternoon,

Syria

Rebelling Against Assad with Ibrahim Al-Idelbi

Ibrahim Al-Idelbi, Syrian human rights activist active in the rebel North-West of the country, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. Quotes: To Be Confirmed Full Remarks To Be Confirmed

North Korea

Surviving Slave Labor with Il Lim

Il Lim, North Korean defector and former slave laborer, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks I would like to tell you about my experience as an overseas worker. 19 years ago, on November 8th, 1996, I went to Kuwait

Venezuela

A Message From Venezuela with Maria Corina Machado

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks I am Maria Corina Machado of the National Assembly. My country is living through the bleakest and most critical moment in its history and for that of

Cuba

Can Communist Regimes Reform? Part 2: The Case of Cuba with Juan Francisco Sigler Amaya

Juan Francisco Sigler Amaya, a Cuban human rights activist and co-founder of the Independent Alternative Option Movement, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. Quotes: To Be Confirmed Full Remarks To Be Confirmed 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human

Cuba

Now Is The Time: Reforming Cuba with Manuel Cuesta

Manuel Cuesta, a Cuban historian, political activist and founder of the Progressive Arch, a forum bringing together diverse organisations militating for change in communist Cuba, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. Quotes: To Be Confirmed Full Remarks To Be

Morocco

After the Arab Spring with Fouzia Elbayed

Fouzia Elbayed, Moroccan women’s rights advocate and former Member of Parliament, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Hillel Neuer: Elbayed is a member of parliament in Morocco. She is the founder of the Network of Parliamentarians Against the Death

Panel

The Future of Liberal Democracy with Yang Jianli, Hillel Neuer, Javier El-Hage, Fouzia Elbayed, Subhas Gujadhur, Ladan Boroumand

A panel including co-founder of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran, Ladan Boroumand; former Chief Legal Officer at the Human Rights Foundation, Javier El-Hage; Moroccan women’s rights advocate and former Member of Parliament, Fouzia Elbayed; Director and Senior Analyst at the Universal

Speakers

Markus Löning

Markus Löning is a former Chair of Liberal International’s Human Rights Committee. From 2010 to 2013 he served as Germany’s Human Rights Commissioner and between 2002 and 2009 he was a member of the Bundestag. During this time, Loening positioned foreign policy, civil rights and human development at the core of his political agenda and work. After leaving politics, Loening has continued to act as a leader of national and international political and non-profit human rights organizations. He was Chair of Liberal International’s Human Rights Committee, which brings together members of parliament and human rights activists from Asia, Africa, the Americas

Masih Alinejad

Award-winning Iranian freelance journalist and creator of ‘My Stealthy Freedom’ project encouraging women to post photos without headscarves

Yavuz Baydar

Turkish journalist who won the 2014 European Press Prize for fighting censorship in Turkey

Ladan Boroumand

Research Director at Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran

Alex Chow

Former Secretary General of Hong Kong Federation of Students

Il Lim

North Korean defector and former slave laborer

Ashiq Masih

Husband of Asia Bibi, first Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blasphemy

Alfred Moses

Chair of UN Watch, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Special Presidential Envoy for the Cyprus Conflict, Special Counsel to President Jimmy Carter

Emmanuel Ogebe

Human rights defender for Nigerian Christians under attack by Boko Haram

Yeon-Mi Park

North Korean defector, she witnessed first-hand the regime’s atrocities against its own people

Saa

Nigerian girl who escaped Boko Haram

Lester Shum

Former Deputy Secretary General of Hong Kong Federation of Students

News

Media Hits

Geneva Summit in the Independent

Masih Alinejad: The Iranian hijab campaigner who won’t be silenced ‘I am a troublemaker – for those governments who want to put pressure on their own people and keep them silent’ Katie Grant [Click here to see the original story]  In May 2014, The Independent reported on Masih Alinejad, the Iranian

Media Hits

‘How I escaped Boko Haram’

Ten months after fleeing Boko Haram, who seized her along with 275 other schoolgirls in an attack on a Chibok school, an 18-year-old Nigerian girl recounted her escape to FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman and blasted the government’s failure to tackle the threats of reprisal against her family. [Click here to