Saturday, April 18, 2009

Welcome to Geneva...

After three flights, 18 hours and one almost-lost bag, I have safely arrived at my hotel in Geneva. While the Durban Review Conference doesn't start until Monday, there is a very exciting event taking place tomorrow. More than 30 human rights and anti-racism NGOs will be holding the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy. For more information about the event - check out There will also be a live interactive broadcast of the summit for anyone interested in waking up at 2 a.m., EST.

The big news of the week has been the fact that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be speaking at the Durban Review Conference on Monday. Iran's human rights record is abysmal. The Iranian government discriminates against minority groups and imprisons their leaders. Homosexual acts can be punished by death. Woman are arrested for violating dress code - including wearing a hajib that is too colorful or a coat that is too tight. President Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever happened and says that Israel should be wiped off the map. Yet, this is the man that will speak at the first day of the Durban Review Conference. Why?

Thank you for reading the blog. I will update tomorrow with news from the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, TOlerance and Democracy.

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