Last week, thousands from around the world tuned in for the 13th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy to hear testimonies from courageous human rights dissidents, former political prisoners, and activists from China, Cuba, Belarus, Hong Kong, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Zimbabwe."
(See full list of speakers HERE)
Geneva, June 16 (DP.net).– After a defiant speech, Pakistani rights activist Gulalai Ismail, who fled the country after authorities falsely accused her of sedition for her advocacy, received the 2021 International Women's Rights Award.
More than 840,000 people watched Daria Navalnaya —daughter of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny— accept the 2021 Moral Courage Award on behalf of her father on Twitter and Instagram.
Leading Belarusian opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's remarks calling out the brutal Lukashenko regime have received 10,000 views on Instagram.
International media put a spotlight on the stories of the remarkable speakers, including CNN, Reuters, AP, Newsweek, Agence France-Presse, Canada's CBC News, Germany's Deutsche Welle, France's Le Temps, and Denmark's Berlingske, among others.
Tania Bruguera spoke about Cuban repression in spite of her connection being suspended by the government. As a political performance artist, Tania is committed to telling the world the truth about the situation on the island which has sparked the ire of the regime. She has been repeatedly detained, beaten and recently subjected to house arrest as the regime persistently interrupts her internet connection, which kept her from appearing at the 2021 Geneva Summit.
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