2016 Oslo Freedom Forum

Catalysts Oslo, Norway May 23 – May 25, 2016

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  • Monday, May 23, 2016

  • 10:00 CET

    Press Event – Hotel Continental

  • 11:30 CET

    OFF Tech Lab – Hotel Continental

    Featuring: AnchorFree, Benetech, Cloud City Development, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Impassion Group, Jigsaw, Polaris, Twitter, Wickr Foundation

  • 14:00 CET

    Panel Discussions – Hotel Continental

    (1) Free Speech Unlimited
    Presented by the John Templeton Foundation
    Moderator: Bobby Ghosh
    Javier El-Hage
    Reem Khalifa
    Maina Kiai
    Frederick Schauer

    (2) Investing in Human Rights
    Moderator: Kim Motley
    Mariama Camara
    Trevor Cornwell
    Leonora Jiménez
    Joyce Lanigan

  • 16:00 CET

    Panel Discussions – Hotel Continental

    (1) The Future of Video Advocacy
    Moderator: Philippa Thomas
    Steve Oh
    Manal al-Sharif
    Soya Seo

    (2) Media in Europe: Still an artillery for freedom?
    Presented by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
    Moderator: Ryan Heath
    Mustafa Akyol
    Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz
    Zoltán Kész

    (3) Women and the Law
    Presented by the Vigdis Freedom Foundation
    Moderator: Janine di Giovanni
    Irwin Cotler
    Kimberley Motley
    Marina Nemat

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016

  • 9:30 CET

    Opening Remarks – Oslo Nye Theater

    Thor Halvorssen
    Founder, Oslo Freedom Forum

    Tore Hattrem
    State Secretary, Norwegian Foreign Ministry

  • Session 1: Catalysts – Oslo Nye Theater

    Jimmy Wales
    Abdalaziz Alhamza
    Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently
    Roya Mahboob
    How Afghan Women are Coding for Tomorrow

  • 11:15 CET

    Session 2: The Road to Justice – Oslo Nye Theater

    Wole Soyinka
    How Corruption Created Boko Haram
    Aminatou Haidar
    Whitewashing Western Sahara's Struggle for Freedom
    Shui-Meng Ng
    Laos: Where Dissidents Disappear
    Thulani Maseko
    Using the Law to Defeat a King
    Rosa María Payá
    Let Cuba Decide

  • 14:00 CET

    Session 3: A New Beginning – Oslo Nye Theater

    Bjørn Ihler
    What Surviving a Terrorist Attack Taught Me
    Maajid Nawaz
    The Global Jihadist Insurgency
    Rachana Sunar
    Girls, Not Wives
    Nada Dhaif
    Treating the Invisible Wounds of Torture

  • 16:00

    Henrik Mestad – Oslo Nye Theater

    A Monologue by Elie Wiesel

  • Session 4: The Unsilenced – Oslo Nye Theater

    Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado Machado
    Orwell, Spray Paint, and the Fight to Free Cuba
    Emin Milli
    Independent Media is the Answer
    Anjan Sundaram
    Detecting a Dictatorship
    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
    Bearing Witness: Through the Lens

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016

  • 9:30 CET

    Musical Performance – Oslo Nye Theater

    PerformanceJosé González

    Award Ceremony
    2016 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent
    Laureates: Umida Akhmedova, Atena Farghadani, Petr Pavlensky

    Performance: Tomáš Kubínek

  • 10:00 CET

    Session 5: The Power of Media – Oslo Nye Theater

    Omar Sharif Jr.
    Coming Out in the Middle of a Revolution
    Jung Gwang-il
    Freeing North Korea with Flash Drives
    Anastasia Lin
    My Role in Acting for Change

  • 11:45 CET

    Session 6: Building a Movement – Oslo Nye Theater

    Raed Fares
    Building a Free Syria One Town at a Time
    Lisa Sánchez
    The Drug Laws That Are Tearing Mexico Apart
    Denis Mukwege
    Stopping Congo's War on Women
    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    Russians are Ready for Democracy
    Vivek Maru
    Rule of Law for All

  • 14:30

    Workshops and panel discussions – Grand Hotel

    (1) Nonviolent Movements, with CANVAS and Srdja Popovic

    (2) All the Putin's Men: Media and Elections in Russia
    Presented by Open Russia
    Moderator: Andrey Goryanov
    Alexander Artemyev
    Maria Baronova
    Oleg Kashin
    Maxim Katz
    Polina Nemirovskaya

  • 16:00

    Breakout sessions – Grand Hotel

    (1) Syria, facilitated by Foreign Policy's Benjamin Pauker
    Presented by Agenda
    Abdalaziz Alhamza
    Raed Fares
    Shiraz Maher
    Åsne Seierstad

    (2) North Korea, facilitated by Foreign Policy's Isaac Stone Fish
    Jieun Baek
    Ji Seong-ho
    Hyeonseo Lee