The 9th Edition of the Oslo Freedom Forum kicks off in Oslo

The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF)  2017, kicked off in the Norwegian capital Monday morning.This edition of the annual forum will unite dissidents, activists, artists, journalists, and changemakers in Oslo from May 22-24, 2017.

OFF which has been termed as the  the “Davos for human rights,” by the The Economist, will feature reknowned speakers speaker including a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, a Zimbabwean civil rights activist, a persecuted Ecuadorean political cartoonist, as well as an Iraqi parliamentarian and Yazidi activist. Joining them are defectors from North Korea, whistleblowers from Ghana, CEOs from Silicon Valley, rescue squads from Syria, technologists from Iran, students from Norway, artists from Cuba, and athletes from Pakistan. Click the links under "Attending Speakers" to learn more.

"In response to popular demand, we have added more outdoor programming in the park at Spikersuppa square this year. " said the organizers.

  On Saturday, May 20, there was a screening documentary films featuring members of the Oslo Freedom Forum community. While on Sunday there lively discussions on a variety of human rights topics.

At this year's Tech Lab, some of the world’s leading tech and cybersecurity companies will show the OFF community how to protect their online privacy, use the blockchain and virtual reality for good, and avoid censorship and surveillance.

Talks will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the Oslo Nye Theater and will be broadcast live online at OsloFreedomForum.com starting at 9:30am local time. If you're in Oslo, stop by Spikersuppa to watch the livestream in the park.

To explore past talks, please visit OFF's online library.

Meet the Speakers:

Jon Von Tetzchner
JON VON TETZCHNER
2017 Speaker - Icelandic programmer, businessman, and founder of Vivaldi Technologies.

Erna Solberg
ERNA SOLBERG
2017 Speaker - Prime Minister of Norway.

Evan Mawarire
EVAN MAWARIRE
2017 Speaker - Civil rights activist, pastor, and leader of the #ThisFlag movement.

Maria Toorpakai Wazir
MARIA TOORPAKAI WAZIR
2017 Speaker - Professional Pakistani squash player and women's rights advocate.

Mohamed Nasheed
MOHAMED NASHEED
2017 Speaker - Former Maldivian president, democracy and environmental activist.

Elif Shafak
ELIF SHAFAK
2017 Speaker - Award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator.

Raed Al Saleh
RAED AL SALEH
2017 Speaker - Head of the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), a Syrian volunteer rescue group.

Leyla Hussein
LEYLA HUSSEIN
2017 Speaker - Somali psychotherapist and anti-FGM activist.

Luis Almagro
LUIS ALMAGRO
2017 Speaker - Uruguayan lawyer, diplomat, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States.

Zhanna Nemtsova
ZHANNA NEMTSOVA
2017 Speaker - Russian journalist, social activist, and the daughter of Boris Nemtsov.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas
ANAS AREMEYAW ANAS
2017 Speaker - Undercover journalist from Ghana.

Grace Gao
GRACE GAO
2017 Speaker - Daughter of Gao Zhisheng, a dissident Chinese human rights lawyer.

Xavier "Bonil" Bonilla
XAVIER "BONIL" BONILLA
2017 Speaker - Ecuadorean political cartoonist.

Anne Applebaum
ANNE APPLEBAUM
2017 Speaker - American-Polish journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury
AHMEDUR RASHID CHOWDHURY
2017 Speaker - Publisher, writer, and editor from Bangladesh.

Antonietta Ledezma
ANTONIETTA LEDEZMA
2017 Speaker - Venezuelan human rights activist and daughter of political prisoner Antonio Ledezma.

Raed Fares
RAED FARES
2017 Speaker - Syrian pro-democracy and civil society activist.

Vian Dakhil
VIAN DAKHIL

2017 Speaker - Iraqi and Yazidi parliamentarian.

Joe Lonsdale

JOE LONSDALE

2017 Speaker - American tech entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist.


Memory Banda
MEMORY BANDA
2017 Speaker - Malawian girls’ rights activist.

Wai Wai Nu
WAI WAI NU
2017 Speaker - Rohingya Burmese activist and former political prisoner.

Guillermo Fariñas Hernández
GUILLERMO FARIÑAS HERNÁNDEZ
2017 Speaker - Cuban psychologist, journalist, and political dissident.

Firuzeh Mahmoudi
FIRUZEH MAHMOUDI
2017 Speaker - Iranian-American tech entrepreneur, founder and director of United for Iran.

Carah Faye
CARAH FAYE
2017 Performer - American singer and songwriter.

Grace Jo
GRACE JO
2017 Speaker - North Korean defector and vice president of North Korean Refugees in the USA (NKinUSA).

Chris Turner
CHRIS TURNER
2017 Performer - British stand-up comedian.

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