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Dissidents, Victims & Activists from 30 countries crafting resolutions on abuses for UN to adopt

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Today, in parallel with the current session of the UN Human Rights Council,
some of the world’s most courageous champions of human rights will join together
in Geneva, Switzerland, to urge action against oppressive governments, support
democracy dissidents, and propose country resolutions for the UN to adopt.

When: Today, Tuesday, March 13
Where: Geneva International Conference Center (CICG)
Media Contact & Interviews: Arielle Herzog-Hadida, Tel: +41 78 838 6536
secretariat@genevasummit.org
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: www.genevasummit.org

Program

09:00 Opening
jingali Dr. Yang Jianli, Former political prisoner, President of Initiatives for China
09:30 Session I: The Struggle for Reform
Chair: Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga, Journalist
BURMA: IS WHAT YOU SEE, WHAT YOU GET?
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Zoya Phan, Exiled dissident, author of “Little Daughter”
VIETNAM: THE FORGOTTEN FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
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Michel Tran Duc, Human rights activist
THE ZIMBABWE PEACE PROJECT
jestina Jestina Mukoko, Human Rights Activist, 2010 International Woman of Courage
11:00 Session II: Defying Totalitarian Regimes
Chair: Guy Mettan, President, Swiss Press Club and Geneva MP
FROM THE DEMOCRACY WALL TO TIANANMEN SQUARE
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Ren Wanding, Leading Chinese human rights activist, former political prisoner
NORTH KOREA: NEW RULER, SAME REPRESSION?
il-kim Joo-il Kim and Song Ju Kim, North Korean defectors
WHY CUBA JAILED, TORTURED AND EXILED ME
nestor Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina, President of the Movement of Young Cubans
SAFEGUARDING TIBETAN CULTURE
Kalden Tsomo, Tibetan Activist
12:30 Networking Lunch
14:00 Session III: Blasphemy Laws & Honour Killings
Chair: Philippe Robinet, Publisher, CEO of Editions Kéro
HOW THE UN CAN SAVE ASIA BIBI FROM EXECUTION
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Anne-Isabelle Tollet, Reporter with France 24 TV, author of “Blasphème”
THE DISHONOUR OF HONOUR KILLINGS
jacqueline2 Jacqueline Thibault, President Fondation Surgir
Pakistani couple, Survivors of attempted honour killings
15:30 Session IV: Beyond the Arab Spring
Chair: Tom Gross, Journalist and commentator on Mideast & international affairs
JUST RELEASED FROM EGYPTIAN PRISON
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Maikel Nabil, Hero of Tahrir Square, jailed for “insulting the Egyptian army”
IRAN: JAILED, TORTURED & ABUSED BY THE REGIME
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Ebrahim Mehtari, Iranian democracy activist and political prisoner
16:30 Massacre in Syria: Victim Testimonies
Chair: Saba Farzan, Freelance Journalist
kouki2 Hadeel Kouki, 20-year-old Syrian activist brutally tortured in prison
beres Jacques Bérès, War surgeon just returned from Homs inferno to give eyewitness testimony
17:30 Conclusion