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The Oslo Freedom Forum is an intimate gathering where remarkable individuals come together to address the world's most challenging humanitarian issues.
The Oslo Freedom Forum is an intimate gathering where remarkable individuals come together to address the world's most challenging humanitarian issues.

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HRF is excited to announce that the San Francisco Freedom Forum will take place on September 29, 2016. This event is an opportunity to enjoy the Oslo Freedom Forum experience and meet remarkable individuals who are working to make the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place.

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The king of Swaziland drives luxury cars and flies in private jets while more than 60% of Swazis live below the poverty line. Thulani Maseko refused to be silent about state corruption and, as a result, he was arrested and thrown in prison for criticizing the absolute monarchy. Originally scheduled to attend last year’s Freedom Forum before being arrested, Maseko is now free and asking the world to join him in calling for freedom in Swaziland... Don't miss Thulani Maseko''s talk at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum.

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Durante el Oslo Freedom Forum 2016, El País entrevistó a Bjorn Ihler, superviviente de la matanza de Utoya y conferenciante en la última edición del foro. No se pierda este artículo de Naiara Galarraga, escrito con motivo del quinto aniversario de dicha tragedia.

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You’ve seen the headlines about Syria. But headlines don’t show you what’s really happening there. Abdalaziz Alhamza does. He’s risking his life to show you what life is like under the Assad regime and ISIS…

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The Azerbaijani government has a habit of violently silencing its critics. Emin Milli experienced this firsthand after being arrested and erroneously charged. But he refuses to stay silent, once again risking the wrath of the government by running an independent media outlet to counter the government-controlled narrative.

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Is the language we use important in the fight against violent extremism? There’s perhaps no one more qualified to discuss than Wole Soyinka, a two-time Nobel Prize winning playwright and poet who’s spent 40 years speaking out against religious extremists and military dictators in Nigeria. His Oslo Freedom Forum talk is a must-see...

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The beauty queen that is standing up to a dictatorship - Anastasia Lin is a Chinese-Canadian actress, Miss World competitor, and fearless human rights advocate. She’s used her career as a platform to speak out against the oppressive censorship and violence perpetrated by the Chinese government. This is her inspiring story...

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In North Korea, the government has a stranglehold on what information gets out and what gets in. But North Korean defector Jung Gwang-il is fighting back. He’s used his freedom to not only tell the world the unspeakable conditions he experienced as a political prisoner, but also smuggle western media back into the country. He took the stage at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum to explain why he believes a free North Korea will only come when the rest of the world understands what life is like in the country and when North Koreans understand what life is like in the rest of the world.

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Torture is a massive problem, but Dr. Nada Dhaif says that what comes after is a much bigger part of the issue. Very few resources are committed to helping survivors of torture. Dr. Dhaif knows this as well as anyone. She was arrested and tortured by the Bahraini government after participating in pro-democracy demonstrations in Manama. Now she’s focused on providing essential treatment and resources to torture survivors. She took the stage at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum to discuss her important work and how it’s making her and her family the target of persistent threats.
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