2014 Oslo Freedom Forum

Defeating Dictators Oslo, Norway October 20 – October 22, 2014

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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  • 9:45 CET

    Ideas for Empowerment – Oslo Nye Theater

    The sixth annual Oslo Freedom Forum kicks off with a session featuring individuals advocating for human rights from unorthodox perspectives. 

    Musical performance: The Honey Trees

    Keynote Speaker:
    Bassem Youssef

    Yulia Marushevska I Am a Ukrainian
    Suleiman Bakhit Superheroes Against Extremism 
    Yeonmi Park North Korea's Black Market Generation
    Jeffrey Wright Mining in Africa for the 21st Century

  • 12:00 CET

    Tyrants and Technology – Oslo Nye Theater

    Panelists will focus on how advances in communication technologies are continually changing the struggle between dissidents and dictators. 

    Moderator: Philippa Thomas
    Nico Sell Escape the Internet
    Michael Anti China's Information War
    Mac-Jordan Degadjor Africa's Tech Frontier
    CJ Adams Shielding Free Speech Online

  • 15:00 CET

    Defying the Establishment – Oslo Nye Theater

    The first day of the forum concludes with a session on disrupting political and social norms across the globe. 

    Tanele Maseko Greetings from Cell G4
    Marcela Turati Muñoz The Price of Mexico's Drug War
    Ti-Anna Wang Fighting For My Father's Freedom 
    Erdem Gunduz The Standing Man
    Jon Callas The Revolution Will Be Encrypted 
    Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova A Conversation with Pussy Riot

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • 9:30 CET

    Journeys to Freedom – Oslo Nye Theater

    The second day opens with speakers sharing the struggles and challenges they have faced on the path to freedom. 

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky For Your and Our Freedom. 1968-2014
    Hyeonseo Lee A North Korean Rescue Story
    Shorna Shahida Akter Wedding Busters
    Fatou Jaw Manneh The Gambia's Silenced Dissent
    Janet Hinostroza Rise of an Elected Autocrat


  • 11:45 CET

    Dangerous Words – Oslo Nye Theater

    Remarks by Bård Glad Pedersen, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway.

    Panelists will discuss why and how free expression is constantly at risk in today’s world. 

    Moderator: Michael Moynihan
    Emily Parker Voices from the Internet Underground
    Frederica Jansz Sri Lanka's Deadly Profession
    Flemming Rose Free Speech in a Globalized World
    Ian Birrell Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones

  • 14:30 CET

    The Hope of Peaceful Resistance – Oslo Nye Theater

    The conference closes with stories about the power and theory behind nonviolent action. 

    Garry Kasparov Banks Not Tanks
    Yoani Sánchez Cuba's Underground Revolution
    Jamila Raqib The Success of Nonviolent Struggle 
    Steven Pinker The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • 16:00 CET

    2014 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent – Oslo Nye Theater

    Erdem Gunduz
    Pussy Riot
    Dhondup Wangchen

    Musical performance: Lissie