Media Mentions of the 2022 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. For videos, photos, transcripts, quotes, and more, click here. The World story on Summit speaker and chief of staff to Alexei Navalny, Leonid Volkov: “‘Tectonic Shift’ as Support for Putin erodes” CNN segment on Summit speaker and chief
Russian opposition activist Leonid Volkov on stage at the 14th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, April 6, 2022. For photos, videos, and speaker testimony, see below: For all high-res photos, click here. For a full video, click here. For individual videos, click here. To read full individual testimony,
On the 5th of April 2022 the 14th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy formally began at the United Nations opening event, hosted at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and attended by leading diplomats from around the world. Photos and Videos can be found below: For all photos,
By Dylan Rogers After the Beijing Olympics came to a close earlier this month, I talked to Uyghur attorney and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Rayhan Asat (GS’21). In 2016 Rayhan’s brother Ekpar disappeared. It wasn’t until January 2020 that the Chinese state officially confirmed what had happened. Rayhan wasn’t surprised
The Geneva Summit announces today that its prestigious women’s rights award will go this year to Zarifa Ghafari, Afghanistan’s youngest female mayor and a survivor of three Taliban assassination attempts. Ghafari will receive the Geneva Summit 2022 International Women’s Rights Award at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 6th, where she
Media mentions of the Geneva Summit’s decision to award Enes Kanter Freedom its 2022 Courage Award: The National Endowment for Democracy article on the decision to award Freedom the Courage Award and other Summit speakers: “NGOs Announce Courage Award for activist NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom”. Newsweek article on the
Interviewed by Dylan Rogers Almost every Ukrainian kid knows the phrase “4am Kyiv is bombed”. It is the expression that was used to announce the start of the German bombardment in 1941. Yet last Thursday morning it came alive again, as Russian dictator Vladimir Putin began an unprovoked attack on
Interviewed by Dylan Rogers. Kazakhstan’s strongmen have long cast the country as a bastion of stability in an otherwise restive region. Yet in January Kazakhstan erupted in protest, as an increase in fuel prices combined with political concerns to drive nationwide demonstrations […]
After an eventful year in which Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko illegally downed a plane carrying a dissident blogger and orchestrated a migrant crisis on Europe’s eastern border, I talked to democratic opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (GS’21).
Media Mentions of the Geneva Summit’s #LettertoLai Campaign, launched 8th December 2021 […]
Interviewed by Dylan Rogers. After elections denounced by President Biden as a “pantomime”, I sat down with Berta Valle, the wife of imprisoned opposition leader Felix Maradiaga (GS’19)
Interviewed by Dylan Rogers. Shortly after Russia went to the polls this September, I sat down with opposition leader Lyubov Sobol (GS’20). At 34 Sobol occupies an idiosyncratic place in Russia’s pro-democracy movement. She has been with the now-imprisoned Alexei Navalny from the start, joining his anti-corruption campaign in 2011.
Bringing Back “The Light of Hope”: Afghanistan’s First Woman Presidential Candidate Makes a Promise to the World
Interviewed by David Naftulin. I sat down with pioneering Afghan women’s rights hero Dr. Massouda Jalal (GS’10), who just weeks ago was forced to flee her country as the Taliban took power. Originally a medical professor, psychiatrist and pediatrician, Dr. Jalal became one of Afghanistan’s most influential activists after the
A conversation with Geneva Summit speaker Rosa María Payá (GS’16), one of Cuba’s most renowned human rights activists.
Editor’s Note: On July 15, 2016, the day of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, there were 14,500 judges and prosecutors. One of them was Yavuz Aydin (GS’20) who, among 4,500 other jurists, was purged by the Erdogan regime, smeared as a terrorist, and ultimately exiled—all for the crime of
Editor’s Note: Tania Bruguera (GS’21) is a top enemy of the Cuban government. As a political performance artist, Tania is committed to telling the world the truth about the situation on the island which has sparked the ire of the regime. She has been repeatedly arbitrarily detained, beaten, interrogated and
Media Mentions of 2021 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy For videos, photos, transcripts, media mentions, quotes, and more, click here. Los Angeles Times article on the 2021 Geneva Summit and Moral Courage Award recipient and jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny: “Ahead of G-7 and U.N. talks, political dissidents and
Interviewed by David Naftulin.
I spoke with upcoming 2021 Geneva Summit speaker Nathan Law (GS’21), a pioneering Hong Kong activist. Nathan rose to prominence as a leader of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014.
Interviewed by Hilary Miller. Editor’s Note: In January 2019, Chau Van Kham, a 72-year-old Vietnamese-Australian, was arrested in Ho Chi Minh after meeting with a fellow democracy activist. After authorities detained him on fake charges of conspiring against the Vietnam government, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Mr.
Maria Alejandra Aristeguieta is the former Ambassador-designate in Switzerland of Venezuela interim President Juan Guaido. Interviewed by Hilary Miller. Editor’s Note: More than having a meticulous and full understanding of the policy failings and economic turmoil in Venezuela, Maria Alejandra Aristeguieta (GS’20) feels deeply how the humanitarian crisis is affecting
Interviewed by Hilary Miller. Editor’s Note: Dr. Elham Manea (GS’20) stands out in the human rights arena. The internationally renown scholar’s rich insight and nuanced examinations of the interplay between the Islam and the West, and also of the complexities of the Middle East, complement her unambiguous calls for reform
Interviewed by Hilary Miller. Editor’s note: Just a few years ago, Evan Mawarire (GS’18) was the pastor of a small church in Harare. Today, the Zimbabwe clergyman and democracy activist draws a global audience for empowering citizens to challenge the rampant corruption, injustice and poverty in his home country. Our
Interviewed by Hilary Miller. Editor’s Note: Bill Browder (GS’18) is simultaneously a profile in courage and one of the most vilified men by the Russian regime. The financier turned human rights activist set out to hold the Kremlin to account following the horrific murder of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. After
Interviewed by Hilary Miller. Editor’s Note: Denise Ho (GS’20) is a woman moved by the courage of her own convictions. The award-winning Hong Kong-based singer, songwriter and actress is an ardent LGBT rights activist and has become a leading figure in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. She has committed herself to
Interview by Hilary Miller. Please introduce yourself and your cause for advancing human rights in the Philippines. My name is Vicente M. de Lima II, and I am the brother of Senator Leila de Lima, a duly elected senator of the Republic of the Philippines who was unjustly detained