About Oslo Freedom Forum

The eighth annual Oslo Freedom Forum will take place from May 23-25, 2016, in Norway. The 2016 speakers will join a community of 215 activists, experts, musicians, artists, and world leaders from 87 countries who have given talks in 21 languages. For more information, please visit our conference website

Please contact us with any questions. 

The Oslo Freedom Forum seeks to:

  • Bring humanitarian issues to the top of the global agenda
  • Provide a setting for eye-opening presentations
  • Highlight the stories of human rights advocates
  • Encourage the inspiration and exchange of ideas
  • Focus on closed societies that need exposure
  • Grow and empower an international community
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Aug. 16, 2016 | Press Releases

Announcing the 2016 San Francisco Freedom Forum


Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is excited to announce that the San Francisco Freedom Forum will take place on September 29, 2016. This event is an opportunity to enjoy the Oslo Freedom Forum experience and meet remarkable individuals who are working to make the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place.

Mar. 31, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Cuba: Stop Harassing El Sexto


NEW YORK (March 31, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) strongly condemns the continued harassment and surveillance of Cuban graffiti artist and activist Danilo Maldonado Machado, also known as El Sexto, by Cuban state security agents. El Sexto has been detained three times and held for three to five hours each time since his return to Cuba earlier this month. In every instance he was violently subdued and then arrested while taking part in peaceful, pro-democracy demonstrations in Cuba. Hundreds of activists have been arrested in the last month for demonstrating against the government before and during President Obama’s visit to Cuba.

Dec. 16, 2015 | HRF in the News

Censored Part 1 — Painting over Bullet Holes


Google Ideas is a team of engineers, researchers, and geopolitical experts who build products to support free expression and access to information, especially in repressive societies. In May 2015, they traveled to the Oslo Freedom Forum to record #Censored, a series of conversations about the global struggle for free expression. Human Rights Foundation is delighted to share the first part of this project with you, which focuses on two amazing voices from Afghanistan and Jordan.

Nov. 16, 2015 | Press Releases

HRF Awarded Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Prize


LONDON (November 16, 2015)  — Today Human Rights Foundation (HRF) was awarded the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Prize for “Outstanding Human Rights Activism” on behalf of its Oslo Freedom Forum program. The Award ceremony took place today, on the 6th anniversary of Magnitsky’s death, in front of 200 guests from around the world at Westminster in London.

Oct. 30, 2015 | Press Releases

HRF to Cuba: End Harassment and Legal Persecution Against El Sexto


NEW YORK (October 30, 2015) — The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) welcomes the release of Cuban graffiti artist and activist Danilo Maldonado Machado, best known as El Sexto, and urges the Cuban state to end the ongoing harassment and court case against him. In December, Maldonado was arbitrarily arrested and accused of criminal defamation for “insulting” the leaders of the Cuban revolution. Though he was never formally charged, he spent almost 10 months in jail. Last Sunday, Maldonado was detained again while marching with the Ladies in White on their traditional Sunday walk that calls for freedom and democracy in Cuba. Maldonado was handcuffed and taken back to his house in a police car to prevent his participation in the peaceful march.

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