Session II: Defying Totalitarian Regimes with Joo-Il Kim, Guy Mettan, Kalden Tsomo, Néstor Rodríguez Lobaina, Ren Wanding

Speakers and Participants

Guy Mettan

Journalist and Executive Director of the Club Suisse de la Presse 

Ren Wanding

Chinese dissident and scholar imprisoned for pro-democracy activism

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