March 11-14 | HRF at SXSW, Austin, TX
On March 11-14th HRF will return to SXSW, the annual interactive festival. HRF’s main panel, "Everyday Ways to Fight Oppression" will feature three Oslo Freedom Forum speakers, Manal al-Sharif, Maria Toorpakai Wazir, and Leyla Hussein, in conversation with HRF President Thor Halvorssen, where they will discuss how creativity can be utilized to disrupt repression. Also on March 12, HRF will host a workshop entitled “How Technology Can Save the Yazidi Community” which will feature Deelan Dakhil, sister of the renowned OFF speaker and Yazidi activist Vian Dakhil, coming up with technical solutions to assist Iraq's persecuted Yazidi population. On March 14, HRF will present a panel on blockchain and civil liberties with speakers from Crypto Lotus and Singularity University. HRF will also run a booth on the trade show floor, presenting our latest Oslo Freedom Forum collaboration with DEAR LEADER. Learn more and register here.
March 16 | PutinCon in NYC
On March 16, HRF will produce and host the world's first Putin Conference (PutinCon) in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City just days before the Russian presidential election. According to HRF Chairman Garry Kasparov, “PutinCon will be the first event to offer a true 360 of Putin’s character, KGB history, accomplices, policies… and his unraveling.” PutinCon will feature 30 speakers including Preet Bharara, William Browder, Dr. James Fallon, Amy Knight, Luke Harding, and Molly McKew. To learn more and apply to attend visit the PutinCon website.
March 26 | Oslo Freedom Forum in Johannesburg
On March 26 2018 on the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth, HRF in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will bring the Oslo Freedom Forum to South Africa . The event will link OFF’s existing network with new partners to strengthen human rights and civil liberties in Africa and beyond. OFFinJoburg will feature riveting talks, world-class networking, interactive exhibits, music, comedy, and conversations between courageous dissidents and leaders from business, philanthropy, technology, policy, and media. Speakers at OFFinJoburg will include Evan Mawarire, Mohamed Nasheed, Zineb El Rhazoui, Iyad el-Baghdadi, Anastasia Lin, Rafael Marques de Morais, Meron Estefanos, and Omar Sharif Jr., among others. You can register for the event here.
May 28-30 | 10th Annual Oslo Freedom Forum
The 10th annual Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway will take place on May 28-30, 2018. The event will mark a decade of promoting freedom and human rights around the world. To celebrate the anniversary, we are expanding the programming and moving to a new set of venues in downtown Oslo. Apply to attend here, and stay tuned for more details.