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:
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To read full individual testimony, see below for bios and links to Summit speeches:
Areej al-Sadhan, Sister of Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, a humanitarian aid worker who was kidnapped in Riyadh by Saudi authorities during a mass crackdown on human right activists in 2018 for posting satirical tweets about the regime. See here.
Berta Valle, Nicaraguan activist, journalist, and human rights defender, and wife of Nicaraguan presidential candidate Felix Maradiaga sentenced this month to 13 years in El Chipote prison after being held there since June 2021 by Daniel Ortega. See here.
Bobi Wine, Leader of the opposition National Unity Platform in Uganda, calling for an end to the West’s aid of President Yoweri Museveni’s government who continues to torture the country’s dissidents and critics. See here.
Enes Kanter Freedom, Turkish NBA player and activist currently risking his career to speak out against China’s persecution of the Uyghurs, and winner of the Geneva Summit 2022 Courage Award. See here.
Hamlet Lavastida, Cuban artist and Amnesty International recognized prisoner of conscience released in late 2021 on condition of exile. See here.
Hopewell Chin’ono, Zimbabwean journalist imprisoned three times for reporting on government corruption. See here.
Joey Siu, Hongkongese-American activist, policy advisor at Hong Kong Watch, and advisor to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), arrested in October 2021 for protesting the Beijing Olympics. See here.
Leonid Volkov, chief of staff to imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who ran Navalny’s campaigns for Mayor of Moscow in 2012 and his bid to get onto the presidential ballot in 2018. See here.
Mariam Claren, Daughter of political prisoner Nahid Taghavi, a German-Iranian women’s rights activist sentenced to more than ten years in Iran’s Evin prison for propaganda activities against the regime. See here.
Miguel Henrique Otero, Owner and CEO of El Nacional, Venezuela’s last remaining independent media outlet whose headquarters were seized in February, forced into exile for speaking out against the Maduro regime. See here.
Minh-Hoang Pham, Vietnamese math professor who wrote a blog critical of the regime and taught activism to his students at Ho Chi Minh City University, jailed and then deported to France. See here.
Olga Aivazovska, Recently forcibly displaced Ukrainian civil society leader and Chair of the Civil Network Opora, former Ukrainian negotiator with Russia in the Donbas. See here.
Rushan Abbas, Founder of the Campaign for Uyghurs and sister to detained Uyghur doctor Gulshan Abbas. See here.
Sophie Luo, Wife of imprisoned and tortured Chinese human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi, a prominent member of the New Citizens Movement, a group of activists calling for greater government transparency and an end to state corruption. See here.
Tatsiana Khomich, Belarusian Coordination Council Representative for Political Prisoners and the sister of imprisoned opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava. See here.
Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan writer and activist who recently completed a 127-day 20,000km protest Himalayan protest hike to draw attention to China’s aggressive expansionist policies along the Sino-India border. See here.
Timothy Cho, North Korean human rights activist and two-time defector, who survived torture and two imprisonments before escaping to the UK where he works with the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea. See here.
Zarifa Ghafari, Afghanistan’s youngest-ever female mayor and survivor of three Taliban assasination attempts, who escaped Afghanistan in 2021 by hiding in the footwell of a car on her journey to the Kabul airport. See here.
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