Geneva Summit for Human Rights & Democracy

Geneva Summit for HHRR & Democracy Geneva, June 9 (– The 13th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy was a virtual world event that took place last Monday and Tuesday, June 7-8, 2021, counting with quite relevant speakers, such as András Simonyi, Academic and former Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S.; Can  Dündar, Leading Turkish journalist arrested and forced into exile for his brave reporting; Daria Navalnaya, Daughter of poisoned and jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny; Evan Mawarire, Zimbabwean protest leader, arrested six times and tortured for his civil rights work; Irwin Cotler, Former Canadian Minister of Justice and MP, advocate for political prisoners; Jihyun Park, North Korean escapee and survivor of a North Korean forced labor camp; and others equally important in the world quest for democracy and human rights.

Thousands of people from around the world tuned in online for this very first virtual event to hear the testimonies of courageous human rights dissidents, former political prisoners, and activists from China, Cuba, Belarus, Hong Kong, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Zimbabwe

The Summit presented its International Women's Rights Award to Gulalai Ismail, a leading Pakistani rights activist who fled the country after authorities falsely accused her of sedition for her advocacy. Daria Navalnaya, the 20-year-old daughter of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, received the 2021 Moral Courage Award on behalf of her father.

The Geneva Summit is sponsored by a coalition of 25 human rights NGOs from around the world. This annual conference builds on the success and momentum of the previous gatherings, which have been widely acclaimed in the international human rights community. Human rights heroes, activists and former political prisoners from China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela and other countries testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom, and join hands to plan action strategies.

Even though GenevaSummit2021 is over, the organizers still need help from readers to share the stories of the important speakers as witnesses of their respective human rights' plight. Like and share our content on social media to help get our important message out to as many people as possible. Share GenevaSummit2021 videos and highlights on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Also, look out for their monthly Geneva Summit newsletter for the latest in human rights news and updates on Geneva Summit speakers.

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