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A Look Ahead: American Global Leadership on Human Rights

Date: December 13, 2016, 12 p.m.

Location: Newseum Knight Conference Center, 7th Floor
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Human Rights Summit brings together activists and leaders from government, business, the military, and faith communities to discuss today’s most pressing human rights problems and challenges for American leadership. Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Summit has become Washington’s premier celebration of Human Rights Day—a call to action for American leadership in defense of freedom and democracy, at home and around the world. We hope you will join the conversation in person or online via our live stream.

This year’s program will also feature the awarding of the Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty to Janvier Murairi Bakihanaye of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2016 Highlights

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.

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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.