Navalny Wins Award as Russia, China, Iran, Belarus, Zimbabwe Scrutinized at Geneva Rights Summit

Daria Navalnaya, daughter of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, received the 2021 Moral Courage Award on behalf of her father, and testified about the fight for freedom and democracy in Russia. Her video has gone viral on Instagram, with more than 200,000 views within hours.













GENEVA, June 8, 2021 — Russian political prisoner Alexai Navalny today won a prestigious human rights award as Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Belarus, and Zimbabwe came under scrutiny at an annual assembly of dissidents and former political prisoners.

The 13th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, organized by a cross-regional coalition of 25 human rights groups, and being held virtually for the first time, takes place ahead of the June session of the UN Human Rights Council, in a bid to place urgent situations on the world agenda.

Daria Navalnaya accepted the 2021 Moral Courage Award on behalf of her father, jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was chosen for his “extraordinary courage and heroic efforts to sound the alarm about the Putin regime’s grave violations of the human rights of the Russian people,” said Hillel Neuer, the executive director of United Nations Watch, a co-organizer of the conference.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian opposition leader, spotlighted the Lukashenko regime’s abuses and corruption.

North Korean rights activist Jihyun Park testified about her harrowing experiences in a forced labor camp, and how she managed to escape.

Testimonies by the activists focused on issues that, under pressure by powerful UNHRC members like China and Russia, typically go ignored at that body. The Geneva Summit hopes that today’s powerful testimonies will mobilize pressure upon the council to address the plight of the victims at its upcoming session, which opens on June 21st.

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Day 2: Testimonies from 13th Geneva Summit




The Zimbabwe Peace Protest with Jestina Mukoko

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Human Rights

Beyond the Arab Spring with Ebrahim Mehtari, Maikel Nabil, Tom Gross

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Women's Rights

Trailblazer: Jailed for Showing her Hair with Shaparak Shajarizadeh

Shaparak Shajarizadeh, who became a leader in the “Girls of Revolution Street” and White Wednesday civil disobedience movements in Iran and who was famously arrested in February 2018 for removing her headscarf in defiance of Iran’s compulsory hijab laws, receives the Women’s Rights Award and addresses the 12th Annual Geneva