(Wired) Oslo Freedom Forum brings together the global human rights movement

(Wired) Oslo Freedom Forum brings together the global human rights movement

David Rowan May 14, 2012
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The Oslo Freedom Forum, set up three years ago by the Venezuelan-born activist Thor Halvorssen, is a gathering of 250 human-rights campaigners, supporters, commentators and policymakers where speakers include Nobel Peace Prize-winners and former child slaves. Rowan's article provides a useful and interesting summary of the speakers.

I'm fortunate to get to attend a good number of first-rate conferences -- but I've never spent time among such an inspiring community as I did last week for three days in Oslo.

The Oslo Freedom Forum, set up three years ago by the Venezuelan-born activist Thor Halvorssen, is a gathering of 250 human-rights campaigners, supporters, commentators and policymakers where speakers include Nobel Peace Prize-winners and former child slaves. Over intensely moving sessions at Oslo's Christiania Theatre and the nearby Grand Hotel, and afterwards over dinner, drinks and late-night conversation, stories are shared, campaigns sharpened and new alliances forged. If the global human-rights movement were to create its own unified representative body, it would look something like this.

 

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