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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy

The Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy is taking place on Tuesday.
The 2011 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the International Conference Center (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. The gathering is organized by an international coalition of 25 human rights NGOs. The Honorary Chair is Dr. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

The program will feature many prominent figures, including:

Mohamed Mostafaei

Iranian lawyer who defended Sakineh, an Iranian Woman condemned to death by stoning. Due to this trial Mr. Mostafaei was forced to leave Iran. Mohamed, one of Iran's foremost human rights lawyers will update us on the situation in Iran during a panel on democracy.

Mahmoud Salem

A prominent english Egyptian blogger and Twitterer. His blog "Rantings of a Sandmonkey" has over 5.5 million unique views and his Twitter account has over 25,000 followers. He is one of the initiators of the Jan 25 revolution. Mahmoud will share his hopes for the future of Egypt during a panel on the Middle East Revolution.

John Dau

Human rights activist, founder of the John Dau Foundation, which aims to transform health care in South Sudan. He was one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan" featured in the 2006 award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us. John will provide an eyewitness account of the situation on the ground in the wake of the January referendum.
The proceedings began at 8:30 am European time (3:30 am US Eastern time). You can watch a live feed of the proceedings here. You can send questions to the panelists at questions@genevasummit.org.



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