15th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

• Hi-res photos: Geneva Summit (May 17, 2023) | United Nations Opening (May 16) 
Video of full event
Videos of individual speakers


Remarks in video and transcript:

Abraham Jiménez Enoa, Prominent Cuban journalist forced into exile, grandson of the bodyguard to Fidel Castro and Che Guevara 

Ali Ehsassi, Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee, Canadian Parliament 

Alireza Akhondi, Swedish MP campaigning to designate IRGC as terrorist entity 

Anastasia Shevchenko, First dissident convicted under Russia’s “undesirable organizations” law, profiled in Oscar-shortlisted film “Anastasia” 

Andrey Kurkov, Renowned Ukrainian novelist, author of “Diary of an Invasion” on Russia’s war  

• Berta Valle, Nicaraguan journalist, wife of opposition leader and former political prisoner Félix Maradiaga 

Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, former pro-democracy student leader targeted in China

Evgenia Kara-Murza, Human rights activist, wife of jailed Russian prisoner of conscience and opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza 

• Fadzayi Mahere, Constitutional lawyer and opposition spokesperson arrested repeatedly in Zimbabwe 

Félix Maradiaga, Nicaraguan opposition leader, political prisoner released in February 2023 after 611 days in prison 

Frances Hui, First Hong Kong activist granted political asylum in the US, Director of We the Hong Kongers organization 

Dr. Gyal Lo, Academic expert on China’s mass use of boarding schools to eradicate Tibetan identity and culture 

• Genoveva Tisheva, Vice Chair, U.N Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Hadrien Ghomi, French MP outspoken for victims of repression in Iran

• Hasler Iglesias, Venezuelan youth leader, went into hiding to escape arrest by Maduro regime 

Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of United Nations Watch, on behalf of the 25 NGO co-sponsors of the Geneva Summit 

Javier El-Hage, Chief Legal & Policy Officer, Human Rights Foundation  

Kalbinur Sidik, Uyghur activist, witness to Chinese reeducation camp atrocities, survivor of forced sterilization 

Dr. Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg, Mayor of Frankfurt, former political prisoner in Iran

Nevşin Mengü, Turkish journalist dropped from CNN Türk after she criticized President Erdogan.  

Nila Ibrahimi, 15-year-old Hazara activist who narrowly escaped the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan 

Marie-Claire Kakpotia, Survivor and activist fighting to end Female Genital Mutilation 

Melissa Mahtani, journalist, former CNN producer 

Peter Yang, Son of Guo Feixiong, imprisoned Chinese “barefoot lawyer” and civil rights activist 

Shima Babaei, Activist imprisoned for removing hijab, daughter of forcibly disappeared dissident Ebrahim Babaei 

Songmi Han, North Korean escapee and survivor of extreme poverty, oppression, and abandonment

Soomaya Javadi, Young Hazara activist who fled Afghanistan following the overthrow of Kabul

Yang Jianli, president of Initiatives for China, former political prisoner

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