Concept Note for Geneva Forum 2023

Concept Note- Fifth Geneva Forum-2023

26 – 27 October 2023



Human Rights in Decline: Regions under China



Human rights researchers and advocates; victims and defenders, diplomats and civil societies, scholars and policy makers

Date & location


26 – 27 October 2023

CICG, Rue de Varembé 17, 1202 Genève



The Tibet Bureau, Geneva

Contact information


Ph: +41 227387940 | email: [email protected]  



The human rights situation in regions under the People’s Republic of China has been seeing a downward trend since its inception in 1949. In recent times, the rights situation has deteriorated as evidenced by numerous reports. At the same time, China is aggressively pushing its agenda to redefine the universally-accepted principles of human rights and intervene in international human rights protection mechanisms. 

In order to uphold the universality of human rights and to bring spotlight on the ground situation in regions under the People’s Republic of China, a forum focusing on human rights and China has become more crucial than ever.

The Geneva Forum was conceived in the backdrop of the third cycle of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China. The first Geneva Forum was held on 2 November 2018. Following positive reception based on overwhelming encouraging feedback, a day-long forum evolved into a two-day event to ensure that all major issues concerning the central theme were discussed and deliberated extensively.

The second Geneva Forum was held from 14 to 15 November 2019 to discuss “China’s High-Tech Repression and Freedom of Religion.” The third Geneva Forum was held on the central theme “China’s Policy on Freedom of Religion.” However, it was re-programmed into a week-long virtual program from 9 to 13 November 2020 due global pandemic. The fourth Geneva Forum was held from 1 to 2 November 2021 on the theme of “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Violations by China.”

The Geneva Forum has evolved into a unique platform for human rights experts, practitioners, academicians, activists, governments, diplomats, think tanks, civil society groups and the affected groups to assess and evaluate the human rights situation in regions under the Chinese government. This includes Tibet, East Turkestan, Southern Mongolia, Hong Kong and also affected countries like Taiwan. The forum aims to develop a network amongst like-minded groups to advance a coordinated multilateral approach to counter, challenge and hold China accountable for its worsening human rights record.