In 2017, HRF established a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to bring the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) to South Africa in 2018, the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. You can register for the event here.
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; former Maldivian president and environmental activist Mohamed Nasheed; 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; Eritrean information activist and refugee rescuer Meron Estefanos; and Egyptian actor and LGBT rights activist Omar Sharif Jr, among others.
OFFinJoburg will be held in Bryanston, Johannesburg, and live-streamed.
OFFinJoburg is made possible through the support of the John Templeton Foundation, and media support is provided by the Mail & Guardian.