On March 26, 2018, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) will bring the Oslo Freedom Forum experience and community together for the first-ever Oslo Freedom Forum in Johannesburg (OFFinJoburg).
In 2017, HRF established a collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to bring the Oslo Freedom Forum to South Africa in 2018, the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth.
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 Zimbabwean civil rights activist and #ThisFlag movement leader Evan Mawarire, former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, Moroccan-born French free expression advocate and journalist Zineb El Rhazoui, Arab Spring writer and journalist Iyad el-Baghdadi, Chinese-Canadian actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin, Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, and Eritrean information activist and refugee rescuer Meron Estefanos, among others.
OFFinJoburg is made possible through the support of the John Templeton Foundation and The Mail & Guardian.
The Oslo Freedom Forum conference series is produced by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. The 10th annual Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway will take place on May 28-30, 2018, and the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York will take place on September 17, 2018.
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