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Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Event Date: 
March 15, 2011 - 09:00 - 17:00

March 15, 2011
Geneva, Switzerland

On March 15, 2011, as the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its main annual session, the 2011 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy -- for the third consecutive year -- will assemble hundreds of courageous dissidents and human rights victims, activists, diplomats and student leaders, in an adjacent parallel forum, to shine a spotlight and call for action on urgent human rights situations that require global attention.

The Honorary Co-Chairs are two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: Elie Wiesel, author, poet and Holocaust survivor, and Shirin Ebadi, noted Iranian defender of women's rights.

The Geneva Summit will build on the success and momentum of the 2009 and 2010 gatherings, which have been widely acclaimed in the international human rights community.

The conference program includes planned sessions on:

Post-Referendum Sudan: The Human Rights Challenge
Women's Rights
Internet Freedom
The Nobel Effect: Can Liu Xiaobo's Award Change China?
Human rights heroes from Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and other countries will testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom, and join hands to plan action strategies.

Last year's summit, which produced a Declararation on Internet Freedom, and included a keynote address by Google spokesman Bob Boorstin, received global attention.

Participation to the 3rd edition of the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy is free of charge. However, registration is compulsory.


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