In 2018, HRF brought the experience of the Oslo Freedom Forum to Africa for the first time with the Oslo Freedom Forum in Johannesburg, and are pleased to announce the 2019 event.  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. 


Farida Nabourema, Togolese writer and blogger

Garry Kasparov, Russian chess champion and pro-democracy advocate

Fatemah Qaderyan, Captain of Afghanistan's all-female high school robotics team

Svitlana Zalishchuk, Ukrainian anti-corruption politician and leader of the 2013 Euromaidan movement 

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy,  Pakistani journalist and filmmaker 

Anjan Sundaram,  Indian journalist and author