Oslo Freedom Forum in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa March 26, 2018

In 2017, HRF established a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to bring the Oslo Freedom Forum to South Africa in 2018, the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth.

The event will link OFF’s existing network with new partners to strengthen human rights and civil liberties in Africa and beyond. OFFinJoburg will feature riveting talks, world-class networking, interactive exhibits, music, comedy, and conversations between courageous dissidents and leaders from business, philanthropy, technology, policy, and media.

Speakers at OFFinJoburg will include Zimbabwean civil rights activist and #ThisFlag movement leader Evan Mawarire, Moroccan-born French free expression advocate and journalist Zineb El Rhazoui, Arab Spring writer and journalist Iyad el-Baghdadi, Chinese-Canadian actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin, Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, and Eritrean information activist and refugee rescuer Meron Estefanos, among others.

OFFinJoburg will be held in Bryanston, Johannesburg and live-streamed.

OFFinJoburg is made possible through the support of the John Templeton Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and The Mail & Guardian.

The Oslo Freedom Forum conference series is produced by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. The 10th annual Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway will take place on May 28-30, 2018 and the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York will take place on September 17, 2018.