We Have A Dream: A Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution

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We Have A Dream: Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution was attended by an international collection of non-governmental organizations to discuss issues of discrimination and persecution, particularly those of racism, sexism, homophobia, and discrimination against minorities.[1] It occurred over two days, September 21 and 22 of 2011, across the street from a United Nations conference referred to as Durban III.[2][3]

Led by the UN Watch, the summit was created as a response to the United Nations' inclusion of countries that commit particularly atrocious human rights abuses, such as China, Syria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, North Korea and Iran.[4][5] This claim has been supported by the Human Rights Foundation, a partner of the summit, whose President, Thor Halvorssen, refers to Durban III as the last act in a tragicomedy” that underscores the UN’s complacency with “despotic regimes which speak pretty words about human rights while they kill, torture, or jail their opponents.”[6]

Speakers[edit]

Burma[edit]

  • Thaung Htun: Activist

Canada[edit]

China[edit]

  • Geng He: Dissident
  • Jianli Yang: Dissident

Cuba[edit]

Darfur[edit]

  • Adeeb Yousif: Activist

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

  • Judith Registre: Women for Women International

France[edit]

  • Anna-Isabelle Tollet: Journalist and author
  • Phillipe Robinet: Publisher, co-founder of Oh! Editions

Iran[edit]

North Korea[edit]

  • Young Ae Ma: Defector

Rwanda[edit]

  • Bertha Kayitesi: Genocide survivor

South Sudan[edit]

  • Luka Biong Deng: Director of KUSH, former minister
  • John Dau: Genocide survivor, human rights activist

Syria[edit]

  • Nasser Weddady: Civil Rights Outreach Director, AIC
  • Rami Nakleh: Dissident

Tibet[edit]

  • Ngawang Sandral: Activist

Uganda[edit]

United States[edit]

Uyghur[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

  • Thuy Tran: Activist and writer

Zimbabwe[edit]

  • Grace Kwinje: Dissident and journalist

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website". NGO Summit. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dissidents with a dream speak out at UN". UN Watch. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Horn, Jordana. "NGOs to hold counterpoint to UN Durban commemoration". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ ""We Have a Dream" Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution". Uyghur Human Rights Project. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "25 rights groups to hold victim summit in parallel to Durban III". UN Watch. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "HRF’s Response to Durban III: Partnership with "We Have A Dream" Global Summit". The Human Rights Foundation. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 

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