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Sep. 2, 2014 | Press Releases

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Yoani Sánchez, Jeffrey Wright to Headline Rescheduled 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum

OSLO (September 2, 2014)— Russian former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, American actor Jeffrey Wright, Ukrainian pro-democracy activist Yulia Marushevska, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and iconic Turkish protestor Erdem Gunduz will join 25 other remarkable speakers at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF), taking place October 20-22 in Norway. Organized by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), the sixth annual OFF will bring together a diverse and global audience to share experiences and discuss how to best promote free and open societies.

Aug. 8, 2014 | HRF in the News

Recap: Hack North Korea


On August 2-3, HRF had a gathering of over 100 technologists, engineers, venture capitalists, designers, coders, and North Korean defectors in downtown San Francisco for the world's first North Korea-focused hackathon. “Hack North Korea” participants broke into teams and produced a wide variety of ideas for getting information into the sealed-off country. A panel of judges heard presentations on concepts ranging from the low-tech, using slingshots to catapult banned materials over the border, to the more detailed, such as hiding films inside video games and creating private mesh networks. Journalists from the Bay Area and beyond attended the event, which was profiled in publications ranging from The Verge to The Wall Street Journal.

Jul. 29, 2014 | Press Releases

Cuba: HRF Asks U.N. to Inquire into Attack on Journalist

NEW YORK (July 29, 2014)—The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has submitted a petition to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (U.N. Special Rapporteur), requesting that he send an urgent appeal to the government of Cuba regarding the brutal assault of Cuban journalist Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez on June 11, 2014, and the repeated threats on his life. Guerra, who is the founder and director of the independent news agency Centro de Información Hablemos Press (CIHPRESS) in Cuba, was attacked solely for exercising his right to freedom of opinion and expression.

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