Announcing the 2019 Oslo Freedom Forum 27-29 May

January 17, 2019

The Human Rights Foundation announces that the 11th annual Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) will be held on May 27-29 in Oslo, Norway. If you are interested in attending, you can register here. The 2019 program will feature talks from activists, scholars, and journalists (see speakers list below) in Oslo’s historic Det Norske Theater; an interactive expo featuring brands committed to promoting human rights; action-oriented panels and workshops with thought leaders; and artistic performances.

In the meantime the Human Rights Foundation condemns the arbitrary arrest of nonviolent activist and pastor Evan Mawarire, and calls on the government of Zimbabwe to release him immediately. HRF has worked closely with Mawarire through the Oslo Freedom Forum — where he first spoke in 2017. According to news reports, armed police arrested Mawarire in his house today. He is expected to be indicted with inciting violence in the next few hours. [see also: https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2017/02/02/line-up-of-speakers-for-oslo-freedom-forum-22-24-may-2017-zimbabwean-speaker-detained/]

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Confirmed speakers for the 2019 Oslo Freedom Forum include:

  • José Ramos-Horta, former President of East Timor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Svetlana Alexievich, Belarusian investigative journalist and Nobel Literature Laureate
  • Timothy Snyder, “Bloodlands” and “On Tyranny” author and historian
  • Masih Alinejad, Iranian journalist and women’s rights advocate
  • Eliot Higgins, Bellingcat founder and investigative journalist
  • Fartuun Adan, Somali activist and educator
  • Laritza Diversent, Cuban lawyer and journalist
  • William Easterly, “Tyranny of Experts” author and economist
  • Audrey Mbugua, Kenyan transgender activist
  • Eskinder Nega, former Ethiopian political prisoner and press freedom advocate

More details about the speakers and program will be released soon. In the meantime, you can find additional information on the website.

https://mailchi.mp/c77d6549da22/off-speaker-evan-mawarire-arrested-in-zimbabwe?e=f80cec329e

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