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):


  • “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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