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Date: 14/04/2009

  • What: The Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance, and Democracy: Session II
  • Who: Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Ahmed Batebi, Jose Gabriel Ramon Castillo, Bo Kyi and Marlon Zakeyo
  • Where: International Conference Center Geneva (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva
  • When: April 19, 2009, from 11:15 to 12:45
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Press Release: Egyptian Dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim to Speak at Global Human Rights Summit in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland – On April 19, 2009, one day before the international community gathers in Geneva to address racism, intolerance, and persecution during the UN Durban Review Conference, one of the world’s most well known political dissidents will speak about his imprisonment and personal struggle for liberation, addressing a summit of human rights activists from around the globe. 

“My international fame was accidental,” says Ibrahim, “President Mubarak made me a star.” It is with a sharp wit and even a sense of humor that he is able to recount his narrative of political imprisonment from 2000 to 2003.

But Ibrahim’s prominence as a human rights advocate rests on a lifetime of work for basic freedoms in his native Egypt. In hundreds of scholarly articles, and as chair of numerous organizations and think tanks, Ibrahim is considered by many to be the most eminent champion of human rights and democracy in the Arab world.

Ibrahim continues to work tirelessly for political prisoners and democracy throughout the Arab world. He currently has 16 legal suits pending against him in Egypt and stands to spend at least 50 years in jail if convicted. To this he simply replies, “I would not mind if I could live that long.”

At the April 19th Geneva summit, Saad Eddin Ibrahim will speak on a panel entitled, “Resisting Authoritarianism: Human Rights, Democracy and the Dissident Movement.” He will be joined by prisoners of conscience and political dissidents from around the world who will be sharing their stories and speaking out.

Other panels that day will feature scholars and activists who will address situations around the world of racism, xenophobia, genocide, and ethnic, religious, political and sexual discrimination. The Geneva gathering is organized by SOS Racisme, Freedom House, the Global Zimbabwe Forum, and 40 other human rights groups from around the world.

Hundreds of NGO activists have already registered to participate in a day of debates and civil society networking, on the eve of the UN world conference that is meant to review how countries are performing on non-discrimination benchmarks.

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