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Geneva, 19 April 2009 - http://www.genevasummit.org/         
GENEVA SUMMIT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, TOLERANCE AND DEMOCRACY
combating racism and repression toward a culture of human rights
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the Genocide Convention

Please see also UN Watch Summary

and please visit the following links:
The Geneva Summit Manifesto of Human Rights Victims
Rwanda, Darfur survivors urge international action against genocide
Photo Gallery: Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy
and
ARD Tagesschau vom 19.04.2009 - 20:00 (& click on "Anti-Rassismus-Konferenz" on the right side)
Videos of DFEZ speech part I and part II
Videos of all speeches

 

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt"><font size="3">Program</font></span></b><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="DE-CH" style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">GENEVA SUMMIT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, TOLERANCE AND DEMOCRACY</font></span></b><span lang="DE-CH" style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Geneva, 19 April 2009<br /></font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i><span lang="DE-CH" style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Combating racism and repression toward a culture of human rights</font></span></i></b><i><span lang="DE-CH" style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><br /></span></i><i><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><br /><font size="3">Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the <br />Universal Declaration of Human Rights <br />and of the Genocide Convention</font></span></i></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">8:30 - 9:30<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Registration / Coffee</font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">9:30 - 9:45<br /></font></span><strong><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Welcome by Conference Chair<br /></font></span><font size="3"><span>Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President of Stop Child Executions</span></font></strong><i><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></i></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">9:45 - 11:15<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Session I:<br /></font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&quot;Racism, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity: Assessing the Genocide Convention After 60 Years”</font></span></b><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font size="3"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Moderator</span></i><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">: <a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/3">Irwin Cotler</a>, Counsel for genocide victims and dissidents, Canadian MP, former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, professor of international human rights law</span></font><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font size="3"><personname w:st="on" /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Gibreil Hamid</span></b></personname /><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">, President, </span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font color="#800080"><strong>Darfur Peace and Development Center</strong></font></span></a><br /></span></font><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/14"><font size="3">Ester Mujawayo</font></a><font size="3">, Tutsi survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, founder of AVEGA<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/19"><font size="3">Dominique Sopo</font></a><font size="3">, President of SOS Racisme</font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">11:15 - 12:45<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Session II:<br /></font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&quot;Resisting Authoritarianism: Human Rights, Democracy and the Dissident Movement&quot;</font></span></b><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">UDHR Art. 3: Right to life, liberty and security of person<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">UDHR Art. 9: Right to be free from arbitrary arrest<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">UDHR Art. 20: Right to peaceful assembly</font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font size="3"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Moderator</span></i><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">: Ellen Bork, Senior Program Manager for Human Rights, Freedom House</span></font><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font size="3"><span>Soe Aung, Burmese dissident<br /></span></font><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/6"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Saad Eddin Ibrahim</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">, Egyptian dissident, former prisoner of conscience<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/7"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">José Gabriel Ramon Castillo</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">, Cuban dissident, former prisoner of conscience<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/27"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Marlon Zakeyo</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">, <country-region w:st="on" />Zimbabwe</country-region /> human rights activist<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/26"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Gonzalo Himiob Santome</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">, Venezuelan lawyer, law professor and human rights advocate representing numerous political prisoners, dissidents and student leaders</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">12:45 - 14:30<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Lunch and NGO Networking</font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">14:30 - 15:30<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Session III:<br /></font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Torture and Cruel and Inhuman Treatment</font></span></b><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">UDHR Art. 5: Right to be free from torture and cruel or inhuman treatment</font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font size="3"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Moderator</span></i><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">: <a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/11">Maran Turner</a>, Executive Director, Freedom Now</span></font><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/13"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Ahmad Batebi</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">, Iranian dissident, former prisoner of conscience<br /></font></span><font size="3"><span>Dr. Ashraf El Hagog, Victim of Libyan torture and discrimination<br /></span></font><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/17"><font size="3">Parvez Sharma</font></a><font size="3">, Producer of the documentary film &quot;Jihad for Love&quot;<br /></font></span><font size="3"><span>Kristiyna Valcheva, Bulgarian nurse, victim of Libyan torture and discrimination<br /></span></font><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/21"><font size="3">Liesbeth Zegveld</font></a><font size="3">, Professor of international humanitarian law at Leiden University, partner at law firm of B&ouml;hler Franken Koppe Wijngaarden, lawyer for Libyan victims</font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">15:30 - 16:30<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Session IV:<br /></font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Bloggers for Freedom and the Internet's New Frontiers: Defending Democracy in Cyberspace</font></span></b><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font size="3"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Moderator</span></i><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">: </span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/23"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Bart Woord</span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">, Secretary General, IFLRY</span></font><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/4"><font size="3">Esra'a Al Shafei</font></a><font size="3">, Dissident blogger, director of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">MideastYouth.com</i>, winner of Harvard University 2008 Berkman Award for Internet Innovation<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/22"><font size="3">Pavel Marozau</font></a><font size="3">, Belorussian cyber dissident and human rights defender, member of the Belorussan Peoples Republic (RADA) in exile</font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">16:30 - 18:00<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Session V:<br /></font></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Freedom of Expression and &quot;Defamation of Religion&quot;</font></span></b><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">UDHR Art. 18: Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">UDHR Art. 19: Right to freedom of opinion and expression</font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font size="3"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Moderator:</span></i><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/25"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Angela Wu</span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">, International Law Director, the Becket Fund</span></font><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/24"><font size="3">Floyd Abrams</font></a><font size="3">, American lawyer for First Amendment freedoms of speech and press<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/20"><font size="3">Caroline Fourest</font></a><font size="3">, French Journalist, TV commentator, author of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan<br /></i></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/9"><font size="3">Patrick Gaubert</font></a><font size="3">, President of LICRA and Member of the European Parliament<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/10"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Steven Groves</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">, Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s <place w:st="on" /><placename w:st="on" />Margaret</placename /> <placename w:st="on" />Thatcher</placename /> <placetype w:st="on" />Center</placetype /></place /> for Freedom<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/15"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Mohamed Sifaoui</font></span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">, Anti-racism activist, journalist, writer and director</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">18:00 - 18:15<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Remarks<br /></font></span><font size="3"><span><strong>Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, chair of UN Watch</strong><br /></span></font><font size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Ambassador </span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/speaker/16"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Francois Zimeray</span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">, Ambassador of <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />France</place /></country-region /> for Human Rights</span></font><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">18:15 – 18:30<br /></font></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Conference Declaration</font></span></p>

Geneva Summit - Program
<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">------------ <a href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?p=317"><font color="#800080">For summary, please see UN Watch Geneva blog</font></a> ------------<p /></span></b></p><h3 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center"><a title="Permanent Link to "Human rights defenders and activists gather at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance, and Democracy"" href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?p=317"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" color="#800080">Human rights defenders and activists gather at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance, and Democracy</font></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><p /></span></h3><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align="center"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span class="chronodata"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Published by</span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><span lang="DE-CH"><a title="View all posts by UN Watch  " href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?author=1"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">UN Watch</span></a></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><span class="chronodata"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">- at April 19, 2009 </span></span><span class="entry-category"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">in </span><span lang="DE-CH"><a title="View all posts in Durban 2009" href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?cat=3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Durban 2009</span></a></span></span><span class="entry-category"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">.</span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><p /></span></font></font></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Just a day before the “<strong>Durban II</strong>” Review Conference, the U.N.’s talkfest to address racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, human rights defenders and activists from around the world gathered in Geneva this morning to address the issues they wish the conference would itself address. Brought to the </font></span><a href="http://www.genevasummit.org/"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" color="#800080" size="3">Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance, and Democracy</font></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"> by a broad coalition of more than thirty NGOs., including UN Watch, these activists spoke out for victims of genocide and challenged the world’s authoritarian regimes.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Opening remarks were delivered by <strong>Nazanin Afshin-Jam</strong>, former Miss <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Canada</place></country-region> and co-founder/ President of “Stop Child Executions.” She stated that <strong>Ahmadinejad’s presence at <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Durban</place></city> II will be a “slap in the face” </strong>to the international community. She called on countries that believe in freedom and democracy to stand in solidarity with the people of <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Iran</place></country-region> and walk-out when Ahmadinejad is set to speak.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">She went on to cite Ahmadinejad’s statement that the freest women in the world are the women in Iran when, in fact, Iranian penal code provides that women are worth half as much as men. She described how Iranian police beat girls simply because they wear their boots over their jeans.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Afshin-Jam recounted Ahmadinejad’s remarks at <placename w:st="on">Columbia</placename> <placetype w:st="on">University</placetype>, where he said there were no <strong>homosexuals</strong> in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Iran</place></country-region>. Is this because they are executed, she asked. She went on to cite various other abuses of the Iranian government, including its imprisonment of HIV activists who are accused of conspiring with foreign governments.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Afshin-Jam was followed by Canadian MP <strong>Irwin Cotler</strong>, Counsel for genocide victims and dissidents. Cotler moderated the first panel discussion on <strong>“Racism, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity,”</strong> and also shared his thoughts on the subject. He said that the first and enduring less of of the Holocaust and following genocides is that they begin with words. He too expressed his regret that Ahmadinejad will be a welcome guest at Durban II, despite his incitement to genocide.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">On a positive note, Cotler pointed to the judgment of the <strong>International Criminal Court</strong> to prosecute <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><strong>Sudan</strong></place></country-region><strong>’s leader Al-Bashir</strong>. At the same time, he regretted that the <place w:st="on">Darfur</place> atrocities are still ongoing. He said the importance of the present summit is to empower the powerless victims of the world.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Next to speak was <personname w:st="on"><strong>Gibreil Hamid</strong></personname>, President of the Darfur Peace and <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Development</placename> <placetype w:st="on">Center</placetype></place>. He began by deploring the fact that 99% of Darfuris are dependent on relief organizations, which have recently been thrown out. He stated his concern that Darfuris are a forgotten people.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">At this point Darfuris in the audience rose with passionate calls of <strong>“Justice, justice!” </strong><p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Mr. Hamid then continued to speak about the atrocities of the Sudanese governments against black Africans, including the recent government death sentences for another ten of them accused of attacking <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Khartoum</place></city>. This is <strong>ethnic cleansing and genocide</strong>, he said.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">He complained that the Arab and Muslim governments agreed to speak about <city w:st="on">Palestine</city> or <country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</country-region> at Durban II, but will not tolerate a word about <place w:st="on">Darfur</place>. Are we not human beings, he asked? He said that Darfuris are treated as second class even if they are Muslims, because they are not Arab.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Tustsi survivor of the <strong>Rwandan genocide</strong> and founder of an organization to aid refugees, <strong>Esther Mujawayo</strong> spoke about her feelings of despair that genocides continue to happen over and over again.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">She recounted the horrors of the genocide she witnessed. She noted that being Tutsi is not even a feature one can see. The Tutsis were targeted simply because they are Tutsi.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">She repeated President Obama’s statement that behind the statistics of <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Rwanda</place></country-region>, are the individual faces of the genocide’s victims. She displayed pictures of her own family, all but a few of whom were killed in 1994. She spoke of the emptiness, guilt, and anger she felt being one of the fortunate to survive.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">She went on to deplore the inaction of the international community, who did nothing to halt the genocide. Mujawayo said she could pardon countries for this failure, but only if they would do more, 15 years later, to help those who survived. There are so many who escaped, but are not physically and emotionally handicapped, she said.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Mujawayo recounted how many of the surviving women were constantly raped and infected with HIV. In the end, the rapists were given retro-viral drugs, but not their victims. She called on <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Switzerland</place></country-region> to grant asylum to a young survivor who was found by the Red Cross amidst the bodies of his family members.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">President of SOS Racism, <strong>Dominique Sopo</strong> reiterated that genocidal violence starts with words, for example, when people begin dehumanizing people by giving them animal names like “rats” for Jews or “cockroaches” for Tutsis.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">He explained that racism is a cultural construct. To combat it, one has to look back at its progression through history with an eye, not to seeking revenge, but to building a common future. He said <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">France</place></country-region> should examine the Algerian War. He also decried the populist attitudes against foreigners in certain countries, including in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Switzerland</place></country-region>.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Sopo then spoke about the <strong>perversion of the anti-racist agenda by the world’s dictators</strong>. They themselves are racist, sexists and homophobic, yet suggest that all good comes from the South and all bad from the North. He cited the example of how <strong>Al-Bashir</strong> called himself a victim of Western imperialism after his indictment for genocide, when, in reality, he was the perpetrator against the victims of <place w:st="on"><strong>Darfur</strong></place>.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">He argued that <strong>Durban II</strong> has become ridiculous. “It is unbelievable that <place w:st="on">Darfur</place> is not an issue” of the conference, he said. “Why are we holding this conference then?”<p /></font></font></span></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Elen Bork of Freedom House</span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"> moderated the next panel discussion on <strong>“Resisting Authoritarianism: Human Rights, Democracy and the Dissident Movement.”</strong> She said it is appropriate that this discussion follows the one on genocide, because it is under authoritarian governments that genocide is committed.<p /></span></font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Jose Gabriel Ramon Castillo</span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"> spoke about his experience as a dissident, activist and political prisoner in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><strong>Cuba</strong></place></country-region>. He discussed his defiance in the face of the Castro regime as he continued to organized activities for his pro-democracy group in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Cuba</place></country-region>, despite the repression and intimidation he faced. Not only was he sentenced to twenty years in prison, but his family was also targeted. His wife was fired from her job and his daughter was expelled from school and confined to a hospital.<p /></span></font></font></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Castillo denounced<strong> Durban II</strong> as an example of people refusing to denounce injustice. He said the conference is like giving an “oxygen booth to dictatorships so they can continue to trample on peoples’ lives.”<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Castillo was followed by <strong>Zimbabwean lawyer and human rights advocate, Marlon Zakeyo</strong>. He described his journey as a human rights defender, which began when he joined a student movement seeking democracy and justice for his country.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Commenting on the present political situation in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><strong>Zimbabwe</strong></place></country-region>, he said the new government should only be viewed as a transitional one, the result of a pact between political elites. The voices of the masses of <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</place></country-region> were not heard, he said.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">He deplored the massacres unleashed on the Zimbabwean people since 2000, not to mention the atrocities of 1982-1987. He warned that there is no guarantee that <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</place></country-region> will not lash back into the “dark days.” He discussed the precarious situation of human rights defenders who face enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, calling&nbsp;this “state terrorism” by the government of <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</place></country-region>.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">He deplored the overcrowding of Zimbabwean prisons, filled in part with political prisoners, where diseases, such as cholera and HIV/AIDS are rampant. There is no freedom of expression or free media, he said.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">He called on the U.N. to send a <strong>fact-finding mission</strong> to <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</place></country-region>.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Egyptian dissident and former prisoner of consciences Saad Eddin Ibrahim</span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"> said he is humbled to speak on this panel, considering he only had to spend a few years as a political prisoner, when some of the others had been imprisoned for longer. He thanked his human rights defenders who were responsible for his freedom, singling out <strong>Irwin Cotler</strong>, who he claimed wrote the best legal brief on his behalf. It was a brief that found its way to the high court of <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Egypt</place></country-region>, leading to his release before his full 7 year sentence.<p /></span></font></font></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Ibrahim said he was struck by <strong>Mr. Mugabe</strong>, who manages to stay in power, “negated by all freedom fighters around the world.” He deplored the wining and dining of Mugabe by <strong>President Mubarak in Egypt</strong>. “I can’t believe this would happen in my own country,” he said. But, it’s not so surprising: “If your house is made of glass, you can’t treat other people otherwise.” <strong>Mubarak, Qaddafi, and Mugabe</strong> are all brother, who stand in solidarity with another and get away with undermining international law, he said.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">“How could <country-region w:st="on"><strong>Libya</strong></country-region><strong>&nbsp;</strong>be elected chair of the <strong>Durban Review Conference</strong>,” he asked rhetorically, responding that <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Libya</place></country-region> has the African, OIC, and Arab League votes i.e. the U.N. majority.<p /></font></font></span></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">“I am astonished not only by autocrats, but sometimes the ambivalence of democrats,” he stated. He condemned Hillary Clinton’s remark that human rights will not stand in the way of improving relations between the <country-region w:st="on">U.S.</country-region> and <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">China</place></country-region>, as well as her reference to Mubarak as a good friend of her family. <span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">“These things encourage dictators and autocrats to do oppression as usual,” he argued.<p /></span></font></font></p>

Geneva Summit - Summary by UN Watch
<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Ladies and Gentlemen</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Thank you for your time, especially thanks to UN watch and to those who help organising this summit today.</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">I’m representing the one who was supposed to be here today, Mr Ahmad Ibrahim Diraige, the Ex-Governor of Darfur (when <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> was one Region in the early 80ies). Unfortunately, he didn’t make it because he had an accident - we wish him good health. If he was in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, he was not going to survive it!</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">The Situation in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> today is worse than ever, after the Sudanese government threw out the humanitarian organizations, shortly after the arrest warrant against their president was issued. By this action, the Sudanese Government has sentenced the Darfurians to death.</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Two weeks ago, I lost my cousin because of the lack of medical care and last week, one uncle died because of the same problem.</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">How many people have died since then because of no medical care?</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">On 13.04.2009 the Sudanese government executed 9 people from <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />. They have been accused of killing one Journalist in 2006. They were 19 people accused, 7 of them were tortured to death in prison!</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">On 15.04.2009 another 10 Darfuris were sentenced to death, charged for the attack on the Sudanese capital <city w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Khartoum</place /></city /> in May 2008. These people are black Africans - this happens because of our race.</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Ethnic cleansing and Genocide have taken place in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> and still continue.</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">The Arab and Islamic countries are talking about <city w:st="on" />Palestine</city />, <country-region w:st="on" />Iraq</country-region />, <country-region w:st="on" />Afghanistan</country-region />, but no one talks about <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />. We condemn every unfair treatment we do not like to be exempted from the human beings.</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Are we not human beings or are we counted as second class citizen, because we are African? When you see what is happening in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> today - it is racism!</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">We all pray for justice and peace for the whole world especially for <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, because people there have suffered enough.</font></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span> </p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><font size="3">Thank you.</font></span></p>

Geneva Summit - Speech Gibreil Hamid of DFEZ
<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; mso-outline-level: 3; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><a title="Permanent Link to "Rwanda, Darfur survivors urge international action against genocide"" href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?p=322">Rwanda, Darfur survivors urge international action against genocide</a><p /></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Published by <i><a title="View all posts by UN Watch  " href="http://blog.unwatch.org/?author=1">UN Watch</a> </i>- at April 20, 2009.<p /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">On the eve of “Yom Hashoah,” the day to remember the Holocaust, genocide survivors from Rwanda and Darfur spoke at a side event to the Durban Review Conference, organized by UN Watch.<p /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Rwandan genocide survivor and activist Esther Mujawayo said she felt uncomfortable speaking in a U.N. building, considering that the U.N. failed to halt the Rwandan genocide, choosing instead to abandon the country when the killing began. “This was a clear predictable and preventable genocide,” she said.<p /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">She complained that the Rwandan perpetrators continue to live in peace even in Europe, while survivors of the genocide struggle to obtain asylum.<p /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Gibreil Hamid, President of the Darfur Peace and Development Center, said the ongoing genocide in Darfur is also preventable and stoppable. Discussing his experience, he said, “We were clearly discriminated against because we were black. The Arabs were not accepting us as Muslims.”<p /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">He described the killing and rape of women and children in Darfur in the perpetrators’ attempt to exterminate entire villages.<p /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">A “Yom Hashoah” ceremony to remember the Holocaust will be held this evening, beginning at 18:30, outside the Palais des Nations in Geneva.<p /></span></p>

Gibreil Hamid DFEZ - action against genocide

Speakers Session I - Nazanin Afshin-Jam speaking

Speakers Session I and audience

Speakers Session I

Speakers Session I - Dominique Sopo speaking

Arielle Herzog and Hillel Neuer of UN Watch

Group picture of some speakers (with Gibreil)

Speakers Session I b

Speakers Session I c

Gibreil Hamid and Esther Mujawajo

Gabriela Hamid

Darfurian Activists

Hillel Neuer of UN Watch

Irwin Cotler

Dominique Sopo

Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Soe Aung

Ahmad Batebi

Parvez Sharma

Summit Audience
 
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