Gathering with freedom fighters from five continents in the capital of human rights, ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP took the stage at the opening of the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy in Switzerland. The event, co-hosted by Liberal International, is one of the largest annual gatherings of human rights defenders from around the world.
In the year that the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrated, Van Baalen called to action ahead of the Geneva Summit: "To end all forms of human rights abuse, each one of us must stand up and speak out against injustices and blatant human rights violations in our communities."
In his address, ALDE Party President added that human rights are core to the liberal ideology: "Hollow phrases on human rights are shameful: we need action and we as liberal politicians can help and we can make a difference. We have to make a change and this summit is one of the few options to make this change."
The Geneva Summit, now in its tenth year, runs from Monday 19 February to Tuesday 20 February. More information can be found on the Summit website and on social media using the hashtag #GS18.
Source: Liberal International