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Human Rights Summit


The 2015 Human Rights Summit will take place on December 9, 2015 at the Newseum, in Washington D.C.

The summit seeks to build consensus for action on a range of issues, from protecting the rights of LGBT people everywhere, to aligning U.S. counterterrorism policy with respect for human rights, to securing U.S. support for human rights defenders fighting for freedom around the globe.

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Beacon Prize

The Beacon Prize honors the best traditions of American leadership on human rights. The award seeks to inspire exemplary leadership by celebrating it. The 2014 Beacon Prize will be awarded to Senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain for their leadership to end the use of torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners by the United States.

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Past Summit Highlights

2014 Summit

Speakers included General John F. Kelly, Tom Malinowski, and Grover Norquist.

2013 Summit

Speakers included National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice and Cindy McCain.

2012 Summit

Speakers included Ambassador Samantha Power and human rights activist Maryam Al Khawaja.