Speakers

Syria

Waad al-Kateab

Syrian refugee and award-winning documentary filmmaker on the conflict in Syria

China

Rayhan Asat

Uyghur activist, sister of Ekpar Asat who was disappeared by China

Cuba

Tania Bruguera

Cuban political performance artist repeatedly arrested for her work

Political Prisoners

Irwin Cotler

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

Turkey

Can Dündar

Leading Turkish journalist arrested and forced into exile for his brave reporting

Pakistan

Gulalai Ismail

Pakistani women’s rights activist, political prisoner and escapee after going into forced hiding

China

Yang Jianli

Chinese dissident, former political prisoner, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor and President of Initiatives for China

China

Nathan Law

Hong Kong student leader of the Umbrella Movement, former Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council who fled arrest

Zimbabwe

Evan Mawarire

Zimbabwean protest leader, arrested six times and tortured for his civil rights work

Iran

Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Australian-British academic just freed after two years in Iranian prison as a victim of hostage diplomacy

Russia

Daria Navalnaya

Daughter of poisoned and jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

North Korea

Jihyun Park

British-North Korean escapee and survivor of a North Korean forced labor camp