On the 17th of May 2022 the 15th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy formally began at the United Nations opening event, hosted at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and attended by leading diplomats from around the world.

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To read full individual testimony, see below for bios and links to opening speeches:

Ambassador Leslie E. Norton, Canadian ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva

Ali Ehsassi, Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee, Canadian Parliament

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

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 and former political prisoner, targeted by the government on false criminal charges

Frances Hui, First Hong Kong activist granted political asylum in the US, Policy and Advocacy coordinator for the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation

Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of United Nations Watch

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

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

Soomaya Javadi, Young Hazara activist who fled Afghanistan following the overthrow of Kabul, addresses the United Nations opening of the 15th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

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