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Potkin Azarmehr at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

Potkin Azarmehr pic

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.”

Naghmeh Abedini at the 2014 Geneva Summit for Human Rights

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Nagmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned Iranian pastor, Saeed Abedini, spoke against the oppression of religious freedom in Iran at the  6th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

The full speech is available on video here (at 02:54:13 minute mark):

Extracts:

Dissidents propose draft resolutions for world’s ignored emergencies

The Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy took place on March 13, 2012, organized by UN Watch and an international coalition of 20 NGOs. The Summit, which ran in parallel to the main session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, produced alternative draft resolutions for the Council to consider. These deal with urgent human rights situaitons that have so far been ignored by the international community. These are:

Human Rights activists gather in New York for global summit on discrimination

NEW YORK, September 21, 2011 — An international coalition of NGOs, human rights activists, and political dissidents met in New York this morning for the first session of the Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution.
Held in parallel to the United Nations’ 65th session, the summit features former political prisoners from China, Iran, and the Sudan. Other speakers come from Cuba, Uganda, Vietnam, and Burma, all sharing stories of persecution and perseverance. The event gives platform to their continuing struggle for freedom while governments from around the world meet nearby at the United Nations General Assembly. Continue reading ‘Human Rights activists gather in New York for global summit on discrimination’

Sudan after the referendum: John Dau, Juan Branco, Bernard Schalscha address Geneva Summit

GENEVA, March 15 -  Dissidents and human rights activists from around the globe gathered today for the 2011 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, held in parallel to the main annual session of the UN Human Rights Council. Click here for program.  Below is a summary of the first panel on the situation in Southern Sudan after the referendum.

John Dau, activist and refugee from South Sudan, told the story of his experiences as a “lost boy” of Sudan. His five-year ordeal began when government forces from the North attacked his village in Southern Sudan. He was separated from his family at twelve years old.

Until he reached safety in Kenya at the age of seventeen, he lived as a refugee, hiding from government forces that targeted young boys from the South to keep them from growing up to be rebel soldiers. He and his fellow lost boys froze, starved, and suffered from thirst, with many of them falling prey along the way to the elements and to attacks by air and ground forces. Continue reading ‘Sudan after the referendum: John Dau, Juan Branco, Bernard Schalscha address Geneva Summit’

Google: “Internet censorship getting worse, more sophisticated”

Last month, during the main annual session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN Watch worked with a global coalition of 25 human rights groups to organize a conference focused on the countries that rank as the world’s worst violators. Our Geneva Summit for Human Rights featured leading dissidents, attracted hundreds of activists, and was covered in the Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and La Stampa. Internet freedom for human rights defenders was a key theme. Below is an edited transcript of the most news-making speech. The full conference can be viewed on video here.

Continue reading ‘Google: “Internet censorship getting worse, more sophisticated”’

Dissidents Urge UN to Fight Cyber-Censorship

Manifesto Slams Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

GENEVA, March 12, 2010 - Marking the first World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, UN Watch and a global coalition of dissidents, non-governmental organizations and human rights activists submitted a new declaration on internet freedom to the United Nations, urging its endorsement by the world body.

The Geneva Declaration on Internet Freedom (click here for text), drafted by a committee of dissidents headed by two well-known political prisoners-Yang Jianli of China and Ahmad Batebi of Iran-calls for the protection of human rights activists imprisoned for social or political expression posted on blogs and other websites.
Continue reading ‘Dissidents Urge UN to Fight Cyber-Censorship’

(CNS News) Boyfriend of Neda, killed protest icon: “Giving Iran Seat on U.N. Rights Council Would Legitimize Its Brutality”

“Giving Iran Seat on U.N. Rights Council Would Legitimize Its Brutality,” Says Boyfriend of Killed Protest Icon

Patrick Goodenough
March 10, 2010

An Iranian whose fiancée’s death by gunfire became a symbol of opposition to the regime during post-election protests last year made an impassioned appeal Tuesday for Tehran to be denied a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council in elections this spring.

Caspian Makan addresses the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy, co-organized by UN Watch and 24 other human rights NGOs, Tuesday, March 9, 2010.

Addressing a gathering of dissidents and human rights advocates in Geneva, Caspian Makan, a photojournalist who fled Iran late last year after being detained for more than 60 days, said Iranian membership in the U.N.’s top human rights body would be a “slap in the face” of other members.

It would encourage other countries that have a tendency to flout human rights and undermine the credibility of the U.N. and the council, he said, according to a translation provided by event organizers.

“I feel furthermore that if the Iranian regime became a member, that would legitimize the inhuman and cruel acts the regime has perpetuated against its population,” Makan added. “Giving it legitimacy would encourage them to go further still.”

The U.N. has confirmed that Iran has submitted in writing its candidacy to become a member of the HRC.

On May 13, the General Assembly will vote by secret ballot to fill 14 of the Geneva-based council’s 47 seats. Iran and four other countries – Thailand, Qatar, Malaysia and the Maldives – will compete to fill four available seats set aside for the Asian regional group. Continue reading ‘(CNS News) Boyfriend of Neda, killed protest icon: “Giving Iran Seat on U.N. Rights Council Would Legitimize Its Brutality”’

Now on video, speeches from today’s Geneva Summit: Neda’s fiancee and courageous champions of human rights from around the world

Monday, March 8, 2010

9:00   Welcome by John Suarez, International Secretary of Directorio, on behalf of the Geneva Summit coalition (Video: part 1, part 2)

9:10   Welcome by the Canton of Geneva, Isabel Rochat, Conseillère d’Etat (Video: part 1, part 2)

9:20   Rising Powers, Rising Rights Compliance? Case Study of China (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9)

  • Chair: Amb. Alfred Moses, Chair of UN Watch
  • Rebiya Kadeer, Uighur rights champion, former political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize nominee
  • Yang Jianli, Activist in 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, former political prisoner, founder of Initiatives for China
  • Phuntsok Nyidron, Buddhist nun, Tibet’s longest serving female political prisoner

11:00   Tribute to International Women’s Day (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10)
              Women and the Right to Equality 

  • Chair: Irwin Cotler, Canadian MP, former minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Professor, Human Rights Activist
  • Massouda Jalal, Afghanistan’s first female candidate for presidency, former Minister of Women’s Affairs

12:30   Lunch

13:30   Authoritarianism and Dissent: 21st Century Horizons  (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12)

15:30   Genocide and the Humanitarian Challenge: Case Study of Sudan (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11)

  • Chair: Colum de Sales Murphy, President of the Geneva School of Diplomacy
  • Simon Deng, Sudanese rights activist, former slave
  • Jan Pronk, Former Special Representative in Sudan of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
  • Amer Adam Hesabu, Darfur refugee, Chair of Darfur Community in the UK

17:00   Human Rights Advocacy: Skills-Building Workshops (concurrent):

             Defending Prisoners of Conscience and UN Mechanisms
             Jared Genser and Maran Turner, Freedom Now

             New Media for Human Rights: Activism in the Internet Age
             Yves Bennaim, New Media Consultant

             Human Rights Advocacy in the International Arena�
             Paula Schriefer, Freedom House  (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9)
 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


9:00   Censorship and Internet Freedom (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10)

  • Darius Rochebin, News Anchorman for Television Suisse Romande
  • Robert Boorstin, Google Director of Corporate and Policy Communications
  • Alexander Ntoko, Head, Corporate Strategy Division, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

10:30   Next Generation: Young Rights Defenders and the Blogosphere (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10)

12:00   Lunch

13:30   Free and Fair Elections – Case Study: Iran (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10)

  • Chair: Stephane Bussard , UN correspondent for Le Temps
  • Caspian Makan, Human Rights Activist, Fiancé of Neda
  • David Suurland, Expert on Internet freedom, Activist for Iranian protest movement
  • Shahin Sariri, International Law Student and Director of the Foreign Relations Committee of Human Rights Activists in Iran.

15:00   Freedom of Expression: Key Battlegrounds (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9)

  • Chair: Guy Mettan, Director of the Swiss Press Club, journalist, President of the Geneva Parliament
  • Pierre Fournel, Director of LICRA
  • Prof. Cole Durham, Legal scholar, member of OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Renata Arianingtyas, Program Officer for Pluralism, Tifa Foundation, Indonesia

16:30   Towards the 2011 Reform: Can the UN Human Rights Council Be Fixed? (Video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11)

  • Chair: Frank Jordans, Associated Press reporter at the United Nations in Geneva
  • Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattei , Permanent Representative of France to the UN in Geneva
  • Edward Mortimer, vice-president, Salzburg Seminar, former Chief Speechwriter and Director of Communications in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
  • Hillel Neuer, UN Watch Executive Director, vice-president of Conference of NGOs Geneva Special Committee on Human Rights

18:30   Dissidents Announce Internet Freedom Declaration (Click here to view the video)

Dissidents Issue Call for Internet Freedom

Fiance of Slain Iranian Icon Neda Urges UN: “Electing Iran to Rights Council will legitimize its crimes”

GENEVA, Mar. 9, 2010 - A group of prominent dissidents and human rights organizations from Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Burma, Vietnam and Sudan, concluded a 2-day Geneva summit with the adoption of a declaration for Internet freedom (click here for text), while the fiance of slain Iranian icon Neda Agha-Soltan implored the UN to deny Iran a seat on its Human Rights Council.

The statement by former political prisoners and activists expressed “alarm” that “the situation of Internet freedom in many regions of the world is increasingly perilous and under assault.” The declaration condemned authoritarian states such as Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, who “censor the internet by blocking websites and filtering search results, and intimidate internet users through cyber police.”

The assembly declared that “Everyone has the right to equal access to the Internet, regardless of race, religion, ethnic or geographical origin,” and “the right to the free flow of information and freedom of expression without fear of discrimination.” The declaration urged the UN Human Rights Council and other international organizations and rights groups to adopt similar declarations and resolutions.

Some 500 human rights defenders and activists, from 67 different countries, gathered for the past two days at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy, to share personal experiences of human rights abuse and plan advocacy strategies.

“If the Iranian regime became a member [of the UN Human Rights Council], then that would legitimize the regime and its inhuman and cruel acts,” said Caspian Makan, the fiance of Neda. “Giving it legitimacy would encourage it to go further still.” Click here for the full transcript and video.

Internet giant Google was represented at the conference by Bob Boorstin, a senior spokesman from Washington. He defended the company in regard to recent controversies in China and Italy. Click here.

Caspian Makan Calls for UN to Bar Iran from Human Rights Council

“If the Iranian regime does become a member of the Human Rights Council, then it will be a slap in the face of the other members ofthe Council,” said Iranian dissident Caspian Makan in an address before the Geneva Summit this afternoon. Makan is the fiancé of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman murdered by the government troops during the June 2009 post-election demonstrations in Tehran. He traveled to Geneva this week to share Neda’s message and call on the United Nations to bar Iran’s bid for membership on the 47-member body. Continue reading ‘Caspian Makan Calls for UN to Bar Iran from Human Rights Council’

Video: “UN Must Take Action on Iran’s Crimes,” Fiance of Slain Neda Agha-Soltan Tells Geneva Summit

Following is a rush transcript from a speech delivered at today’s Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy, by Caspian Makan, fiance of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman murdered by government troops during the June 2009 post-election demonstrations in Tehran. Click for YouTube video of Part 1 , Part 2Part 3, Part 4, Part 6 and Part 7.

I was born in 1972 in Tehran, and when I started school, it was in 1979. And that coincided with the religious revolution under Mr. Khomeini. At that time, schools had to close their doors, everything had to stop in the country. And even though Islam was present at the time, no one had really realized what this had implied when Islamic authority took power. And people were receptive to the promises made. They thought they would be more well-being, they thought that they would be better off. They thought they would have more political freedoms and that would be added to further freedoms. Therefore they supported the guide of the revolution and the first thing that was done was to have the preceding government official, to have them step down, to have them either tortured or killed without trial. Continue reading ‘Video: “UN Must Take Action on Iran’s Crimes,” Fiance of Slain Neda Agha-Soltan Tells Geneva Summit’

Youth Activists at Forefront of New Media, New Strategies

Among the most active users of the Internet and emergent communication technologies have been youth activists, who have harnessed new social media, video and real-time communication services to expose abuses and coordinate humanitarian efforts.

Heavy user traffic and the explosion of social networking sites have elicited sharp reactions from authoritarian governments, threatening Internet freedom and human rights at large.

A panel of youth activists at the Geneva Summit today shared strategies for circumventing censorship and promoting awareness and activism. “The costs of freedom are growing,” said Azeri blogger Ruslan Asadov. This means you have to identify your resources and gain new outlets, it takes a lot of fighting, young enthusiasm and passion.” Continue reading ‘Youth Activists at Forefront of New Media, New Strategies’

Google Defends Position on China at Geneva Summit

The Geneva Summit for Human Rights opened this morning with a high-level panel on censorship and Internet freedom, a core subject of the conference.

The Internet has emerged as one of today’s most pressing human rights concerns. “It reflects the worst and best of human society,” said ITU Corporate Strategy head, Alexander Ntoko. “The Internet is not borderless, but it is restricted by the physical borders of nations.”

The panel also featured Google policy director Bob Boorstin, who discussed “how you can reach an agreement on how to put a process together on how to enter a new market and still be aware of the human rights implications.” Specifically, he discussed Google’s prosecution in an Italian case involving a video of teenagers abusing an autistic child, and Google’s controversial censored version of its search engine for China.

“If we shut down Google.cn, we will take away from China a tool that the Chinese people have come to depend on, because it is not Baidu,” said Boorstin.Several different views exist of what constitutes fair access to the Internet, but several initiatives among civil society members and private sector service providers have worked to open transparency. Boorstin cited Google Earth’s initiative to document the location of displaced persons and refugee camps in Sudan.

He and Ntoko also shared best practices and advised NGOs and activists to “be less emotional and be simple in what you are trying to do.”  The tension between national laws and universal rights has yet to produce a consensus on how to approach situations of mass censorship in authoritarian countries. However, a balance must be struck, in recognition of the extraordinary spread of the Internet.

“We need a common understanding, protecting children is one initiative, but we should also push old institutions,” said Boorstin. “The more people feed computer translations, the better the computer will get.”

For video of part I of this this panel, click here.

Panel Discusses Peace in Sudan

The Geneva Summit turned to the humanitarian challenge of Genocide and considered Sudan as a case study. The panel was moderated by Colum Murphy, President of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and former spokesperson of the United Nations team in Bosnia. “Genocide is such an enormous question, and is not taken from the far past of history but is of recent memory,” he said. Continue reading ‘Panel Discusses Peace in Sudan’

Barred Dissident Speaks to Rights Conference from Cuba

This afternoon’s first panel, “Authoritarianism and Dissent” featured human rights defenders spanning all regions of the world. “These people are trying to affirm the right at the international level that everyone has the right to express themselves and promote their ideas with protection,” said panel moderator and Italian parliamentarian Matteo Mecacci. “Until these values are universal, we cannot sleep.”

Absent from the panel is Cuban dissident Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina, who was barred by the Cuban government from attending the Geneva Summit. An audio message by Lobaina was transmitted and played at the summit.

“I am not unique in Cuba, many victims have suffered more or similar situations. In 1991, totalitarianism collapsed in the countries of Eastern Europe. The government here was very nervous. Several soldiers broke into my home and accused me of state propaganda. They took me to one of the worst torture centers and subjected to intense interrogation. I spent 90 days in punishment cells. I was considered a dangerous person for society by the Cuban regime. Cuba is the largest prison camp in the Western world. I will continue to fight for the rights of all Cubans.” Continue reading ‘Barred Dissident Speaks to Rights Conference from Cuba’

First Female Presidential Candidate in Afghanistan Calls On Women To Lead

Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, which this year will focus on the discrimination against women in countries marred by authoritarian repression and armed conflict. 

In recognition of the occasion, the second panel of the Geneva Summit featured Irwin Cotler, Canadian MP and international human rights lawyer, who as Justice Minister was instrumental in making Canada the most gender-equal Supreme Court in the world, and Massouda Jalal, women’s rights advocate and the first female presidential candidate in Afghanistan.

“If you want to pursue justice, you must feel the injustice around you,” said Cotler. “Otherwise justice is an abstract idea. Acting on justice is what the pursuit of justice is all about. It’s tragic to note that women’s rights are still not seen as human rights. Discrimination of women remains, as UNESCO characterizes it, as a form of gender apartheid.” Continue reading ‘First Female Presidential Candidate in Afghanistan Calls On Women To Lead’

China Looks To The World for Freedom, Say Dissidents

“I was a political prisoner of the Chinese government. I saw torture and cruelty against my people,” said Rebiya Kadeer at this morning’s session of the Geneva Summit. Kadeer is the leader and most prominent human rights advocate of the Uyghur people.

Kadeer and Chinese dissidents Phuntsok Nyidron and Yang Jianli shared their personal stories of suffering and survival at this morning’s first panel, “Rising Powers, Rising Rights Compliance? Case Study of China.”Called the “mother of the Uyghur nation,” Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison after standing up to the authoritarian Chinese government. Her own sons are serving decade long sentences in China without due process. She also described the case of a young Uyghur protester, whose wounded, lifeless body was anonymously returned to his family.

“When his family dared to tell journalists of his killing, the government jailed two of them. Many others have been left to die in prisons. The Chinese government has cut internet and telephone communications,” said Kadeer. Many other such cases exist and are not recorded.”The interest in the plight on the Uyghur people will shine a light into one of the darkest corners of the world,” she said.” Continue reading ‘China Looks To The World for Freedom, Say Dissidents’

Rights Conference Kicks Off In Geneva

Across the street from the public square dedicated to human rights pioneer René Cassin, an international coalition of thirty human rights organizations have come together for the second annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy. The two day conference features political dissidents and activists from Iran, China, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burma and Vietnam.

John Suarez of the Cuban democracy group, Directorio, opened the session. Recalling the spirit of the summit’s co-chairs, Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa, he urged human rights defenders to come together, brainstorm and collaborate. “The international stage can be used to put a spotlight on abuses. Silence encourages the tormenter, never the tormented. The events of the last year show us there is hope,” he said.

Another Cuban dissident, Nestor Rodríguez Lobaina, has been barred by the Cuban government to attend the conference. ” Yet, thanks to the mobilization of international organizations and civil society, you can contribute to making sure democracies fulfill their responsibility to humanity,” said Isabel Rochat, Conseil d’Etat of Geneva. “We may forgive but we will never forget. That is the best response to indifference.”

NGOs Announce: Fiancé of Neda, Iran’s Slain ‘Angel of Freedom,’ Heading to Geneva Rights Summit

 Caspian Makan to protest Iranian government brutality  

GENEVA, March 2, 2009 — Caspian Makan, the fiancé of slain Iranian icon Neda Agha Soltan, announced today that he will join other world-famous dissidents as a speaker at next Monday’s Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy, co-organized by UN Watch, Freedom House, Ibuka and more than 20 other human rights NGOs.

Images of Neda’s bloody killing in June at the hand of the Basij paramilitary force turned an international spotlight on the brutality of the Iranian government crackdown against peaceful protesters.

The Tehran regime banned prayers for Neda in the country’s mosques, arresting anyone who held a vigil for her. Mr. Makan was then arrested and detained at Evin Prison in Tehran. He was beaten and pressured to sign a false confession. Continue reading ‘NGOs Announce: Fiancé of Neda, Iran’s Slain ‘Angel of Freedom,’ Heading to Geneva Rights Summit’

Dissidents et anciens prisonniers politiques organisent le Sommet de Genève

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Dissidents et anciens prisonniers politiques organisent le Sommet de Genève

Havel & Walesa co-président; Les dissidents appellent à la liberté de l’Internet; 25 ONG sont co-sponsors

Source: Sommet de Genève pour les Droits de l’Homme, la Tolérance et la Démocratie (http://www.genevasummit.org/)
Date: 17 Février 2010

GENEVE – Le 8 et 9 Mars 2010,  en parallèle et en soutien de la session annuelle du Conseil des Droits de l’Homme de l’ONU, des dissidents de renommée internationale, des activistes des droits de l’homme et des experts se réuniront à Genève, en Suisse, pour appeler à agir contre les violations des droits de l’homme, pour soutenir les dissidents dans le monde et pour lancer un appel pour la liberté de l’Internet.

Le Second Sommet de Genève pour les Droits de l’Homme, la Tolérance et la Démocratie, qui aura lieu au Centre International de Conférence de Genève (CICG), est organisé par une coalition internationale de 25 groupes luttant pour les droits de l’homme, y inclus des organisations birmanes, tibétaines et zimbabwéennes (voir la liste complète ci-dessous), et est soutenu par le Canton et la République de Genève. Continue reading ‘Dissidents et anciens prisonniers politiques organisent le Sommet de Genève’

Dissidents, Ex-Political Prisoners Organizing Geneva Rights Summit

Havel & Walesa co-chair; Dissidents to call for internet freedom; 25 NGOs co-sponsor

Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy (http://www.genevasummit.org/)

GENEVA – On March 8-9, 2010, to enhance the annual session of the UN Human Rights Council, renowned dissidents, rights activists and experts will come together in Geneva, Switzerland, to urge action against rights abusers, boost democracy dissidents worldwide, and issue a call for internet freedom.

The second annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy, to be held at the Geneva International Conference Center, is organized by a global civil society coalition of 25 human rights groups, including UN Watch, Ibuka, Freedom House, and Burmese, Tibetan and Zimbabwean organizations (see list below), with support from the Canton of Geneva.

Co-chairing the summit’s honorary committee are two of the world’s most recognized former dissidents: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa and playwright Vaclav Havel, the former presidents of Poland and the Czech Republic. Continue reading ‘Dissidents, Ex-Political Prisoners Organizing Geneva Rights Summit’

Geneva Summit Organizer Bo Kyi in the New York Times: ‘Nelson Mandela, My Hero’

  The New York Times published the op-ed below by Burmese dissident Ko Bo Kyi, one of many human rights heroes who will be gathering on March 8-9, 2010, for the 2nd Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy. In what will be the largest pro-democracy event of the year at the UN Human Rights Council, the Geneva Summit is co-organized by UN Watch, Bo Kyi’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Burma, Ibuka, Freedom House, the Darfur Peace and Development Center and 20 other human rights organizations (see full list below). To register, or for more information, visit http://www.genevasummit.org/.

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