Thor Halverson, the founder of Human Rights Foundation, has recently announced the exciting lineup for his Oslo Freedom Forum. This excellent event is held regularly to allow those fighting for human rights to network together. While Thor organizes the event, he would rather sit on the sidelines and let others share their experiences.
Opening the forum will be Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg. Thor Halverson will deliver the keynote address on May 13, 2017. Erna has long been an advocate for changes in laws around the world so that everyone has more rights. Her courageous leadership has created a climate of change in Norway..
Evan Mawarire, leader of the Flag Movement in Zimbabwe, is scheduled to speak at the event, but he was arrested earlier in February. He had left the country after leading protests against President Robert Mugabe’s government. The government has charged him with subverting a constitutionally elected government after he took to social media to call for an improvement in human rights in his native country.
Pakistani squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir will also be speaking at the event. He has played a crucial role in helping create a call for new gender roles in her own country. The Taliban forced her to go into hiding, but now she runs the Maria Toorpakai Foundation speaking out about conditions in Pakistan.
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Anne Applebaum will be speaking about her experiences as a Polish-American journalist covering the creation of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe.
Burmese lawyer Wai Wai Nu will be sharing about her experience as fighting for the religious freedom for Rohingya Muslims. She will also be sharing what it takes to run a non-governmental organization as she is the leader of the Women’s Peace Network.
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