2013 Oslo Freedom Forum

2013 Oslo Freedom Forum

Challenging Power
Oslo, Norway
May 13 – May 15, 2013

The 2013 annual summit featured leaders and innovators from academia, advocacy, media, politics, social entrepreneurship, technology, and the arts who are challenging the most repressive regimes and exchanging ideas on how best to tackle humanitarian crises. The 2013 program centered on a range of topics, such as the art of dissent, asymmetric activism, new tools for rights advocates, the power of media, women under Islamic law, and the threat of authoritarian capitalism.

For the first time, OFF held break-out, interactive workshops for participants, teaching best practices for protecting data and using technology to maximize the impact of advocacy efforts.

Speakers represented a diverse group of countries, including Afghanistan, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cameroon, China, Cuba, DR-Congo, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, North Korea, Palestine, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Syria, and Zimbabwe.

The conference culminated on the afternoon of May 15, with the presentation of the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent. The 2013 laureates were Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, North Korean democracy activist Park Sang Hak, and Cuban civil society group the Ladies in White—represented by their leader Berta Soler.