Human rights activists hold summit in Geneva ahead of G-7

 Human rights activists hold summit in Geneva ahead of G-7

Before President Biden and his counterparts arrived in Britain for the annual G-7 summit that began Friday, activists, diplomats and political dissidents had already gathered virtually this week to pressure world leaders into doing more to promote human rights.

The 13th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, which included representatives from Belarus, China, Cuba, Russia, Zimbabwe and other countries, on Monday and Tuesday aimed to draw attention to people imprisoned in various places, ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council session slated to start June 21.

The Geneva summit, organized by 25 nongovernment human rights organizations and held online for the first time because of the pandemic, featured testimonies on issues that participants say do not get enough attention from the U.N. group. Topics included concerns about rigged elections, arbitrary detention, forced labor camps and torture.

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