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Ali al-Ahmed at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Saudi dissident and human rights activist, Ali al-Ahmed, spoke out against the Saudi monarchy’s crimes at the 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Full speech at the 02:02:27 mark:

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William Browder at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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William Browder, the man behind the US legislation ‘The Magnitsky Act,’ spoke on government corruption in Russia at the 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Full speech at the 55:12 mark:

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Biram Dah Abeid at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Biram Dah Abeid, a Mauritanian human rights defender and the President and founder of the anti-slavery NGO, Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania (IRA), denounced the Mauritanian government’s ‘slave code’ at the 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Full speech below at the 02:59 mark:

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Chen Guangcheng at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Blind Chinese dissident and recipient of the 2014 Geneva Courage Award, Chen Guangcheng, spoke on the importance of human rights activism against Chinese governmental oppression at the  6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Full speech below at 02:54:13 minute mark:

Extracts:

  • “It doesn’t matter if you’re in Tokyo or Washington DC., you can help activists and those who are oppressed to fight for human rights.”
  • “The problem is that we do not have enough confidence. If we do this China will change…I am sure that China will change and that I will be able to get back to China.”

James Kirchick at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Journalist and foreign correspondent, James Kirchick, spoke on Russia’s state-controlled media and intimidation of foreign press at the 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Full speech below at the 02:00:21 mark:

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Potkin Azarmehr at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Iranian journalist and activist, Potkin Azarmehr, spoke on Iran’s state-controlled media at the 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Full speech below at 02:13:19 minute mark:

Extracts:

  • “The reason that state TV is such a high priority for authoritarian states is because they want to control information.”
  • “We have to stand up against the lies of authoritarian states around the world.  They may have the budget for propaganda, but we have the truth on our side.”

Dang Xuong Hung at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Vietnamese former diplomat and human rights activist, Dang Xuong Hung, spoke out against Vietnam’s anti-democratic regime at the 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Full speech below at the 35:21 mark:

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Annick Cojean at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Le Monde journalist, author of book on women raped by Col. Qaddafi, Annick Cojean spoke on Qaddafi’s sex slaves at yesterday’s 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

The full speech is available on video here at the 01:56:00 mark:

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Tenzin Dhardon Sharling at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Youngest MP in Tibet’s Parliament-in-Exile Tenzin Dhardon Sharling  spoke on Tibet at yesterday’s 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

The full speech is available on video here at the 01:29:00 mark:

Extracts:

  • “Normally the body’s torn apart so that the women can create life, however through the Chinese family planning policy body is torn apart so that life can be blocked.”
  • “We must make sure china remains accountable for its actions. They sit proudly on the Human Rights Council, on the Security Council, and dictate how Syria should deal with its situation.”
  • “Navi Pillay ends her second term in September and still has not visited Tibet.”

 

Dalia Ziada at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Egyptian human rights activist Dalia Ziada spoke on women’s rights at yesterday’s 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

The full speech is available on video here (at 37:00 minute mark):

Extracts:

  • “During Mubarak’s time women were only mentioned to decorate the regime. Under the Muslim Brotherhood, laws were made for early marriage for girls and genital mutilation.”
  • “Don’t let Egypt turn into another Syria, Libya, Yemen, work with individuals on the ground especially women and minorities…Find a way to understand what the people really want.”

Rakhshinda Perveen at Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Pakistani women’s rights activist Dr. Rakhshinda Perveen addressed yesterday’s 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. The full speech is available on video here at the 49:00 mark.

 

Irwin Cotler’s opening address to 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Canadian parliamentarian and international human rights advocate Irwin Cotler delivered the opening address of yesterday’s 6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

The full speech is available on video here (at the 5:00 mark):

Extracts:

  • “One has to mobilize shame against the human rights violators.”
  • “The most important legacy of Mandela: protecting the political prisoners. The political prisoners symbolize and bring up a larger struggle for human rights in our time, they transform human history by their involvement in that history.”
  • “Speak on behalf of those who cannot be heard, on behalf of those who themselves are unable to bear witness, on behalf of those who will put their lives on the line again and again.”

 




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