The Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy 2014 saw the convening of top human rights activists, including victims and oppressed dissidents, to highlight the plight facing human rights in some of the world’s most authoritarian states. Sponsored by more than 20 international human rights NGOs, including the lead organiser UN Watch, the aim of the Summit was to “to shine a spotlight on urgent human rights situations that require global attention.”
The Chinese civil rights activist and lawyer Mr. Chen Guangcheng was presented with the 2014 Geneva Summit Courage Award for his commitment to human rights activism.
The Freedom Rights Project’s Jacob Mchangama was amongst the speakers on the day, sharing the panel with Mu Sochua, Cambodian MP and Liberal International representative and Yan Jianli, Chinese Political Dissident. Mchangama highlighted the need for European and Western democracies to take a more principled stand against authoritarian states’ agenda-setting at the UN Human Rights Council. His presentation, as well as all panel discussions, can be viewed here: (cut to 03:06 in ‘Geneva Summit- 14h30/18h00’)
The Program from the day, including a full list of guest speakers, is available to view on the Summit’s official website here
(image of Mr. Chen Guancheng receiving the 2014 Courage Award, courtesy of UN Watch, Oliver O’Hanlon)