Wednesday, April 6, 2022

#GS22: Turning on the lights for the millions suffering in darkness (Live stream today and video from yesterday)

Today begins the 14th edition of the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. Yesterday there was a non streamed opening session, but today begins the live streamed portion. 

This gathering presents an opportunity for pro-democracy activists from around the world to gather and exchange best practices, and compare notes on what authoritarians are doing to continue their 16 year track record of undermining international human rights standards, and reducing the number of democracies in the world.

Video of the April 5th opening session is available here.

 Here is a also a Twitter thread from yesterday's opening session.

Not in Geneva Switzerland? Follow the live stream of the summit here, and use the hashtags #GS22 and #GenevaSummit2022 to comment, and also to follow the conversation online.

Free Cuba activists will have a lot to check out throughout the day. Below is the program taken from the official website.

Morning Session ( Central European Time )

10:00 Welcome

  • Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of United Nations Watch, on behalf of the 25 NGO co-sponsors of the Geneva Summit.

10:10 The Future of Russia: Resisting Putin From Moscow to Kyiv

Interviewer: Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of United Nations Watch

  • Leonid Volkov, Russian opposition activist and Chief of Staff to Alexei Navalny

10:30 The Struggle for Human Rights in China

Moderator: Luke de Pulford, Founder & CEO of Arise

  • Rushan Abbas, Founder of Campaign for Uyghurs, sister of political prisoner in China
  • Joey Siu, Policy Advisor at Hong Kong Watch, Advisor to Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China
  • Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan refugee and writer, arrested 16 times for his activism

11:20 The War in Ukraine: An Eyewitness Account

  • Olga Aivazovska, Forcibly displaced civil society leader & advocate for war crimes tribunal against Putin

11:30 Price of Dissent: The Plight of Political Prisoners

Moderator: Yonah Diamond, International human rights lawyer

  • Areej Al-Sadhan, Activist & sister of Saudi political prisoner Abdulrahman al-Sadhan
  • Sophie Luo, Activist, wife of Chinese political prisoner Ding Jiaxi
  • Tatsiana Khomich, Activist fighting to free Belarus political prisoners, including her sister Maria Kalesnikava
  • Mariam Claren, Daughter of Nahid Taghavi, jailed political prisoner in Iran

12:15 Exiled From Vietnam: The Fight for Freedom of Speech

12:25 The 2022 International Women’s Rights Award

Presented by: Nazanin Boniadi, Award-nominated actress and Amnesty International Ambassador

  • Zarifa Ghafari, Youngest elected mayor in Afghanistan, survivor of three assassination attempts
    Interviewer: Melissa Mahtani, CNN journalist, senior producer

Afternoon Session

14:30 Uncovering Corruption

  • Hopewell Chin’ono, Zimbabwean journalist and filmmaker arrested 3 times for exposing corruption

14:40 Scarred by North Korea

  • Timothy Cho, North Korean human rights activist who escaped from prison

14:50 Resisting Dictatorship in Latin America

Moderator: Melissa Mahtani, CNN journalist, senior producer
  • Hamlet Lavastida, Cuban artist, former political prisoner, founder of artist-led campaign groups 27N and San Isidro Movement
  • Berta Valle, Nicaraguan journalist & activist, wife of political prisoner Félix Maradiaga
  • Miguel Henrique Otero, Journalist, CEO of Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper that was recently seized by the regime

15:40 How To Topple A Dictator

  • Bobi Wine, Ugandan opposition leader & 2021 presidential candidate

15:50 The 2022 Courage Award

Presented by: Zumretay Arkin, World Uyghur Congress Women’s Committee Chair

16:30 End of Summit


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