Each year, the Oslo Freedom Forum community gathers in Norway to witness powerful stories from some of the world’s most innovative human rights defenders and advocates. But exceptional times call for exceptional measures. This year, the Oslo Freedom Forum had to do completely virtual. We reworked this year’s theme and make the virtual conference a hit. We can proudly say we were part of Resilience 2020 amidst the pandemic.
2020 Theme Resilience
The political and health crises of the past six months have reminded us all how authoritarians use human tragedy to advance their own agendas. Corrupt regimes around the world have exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to tighten restrictions on free speech, arrest peaceful protesters, and silence activists. The courage and determination of activists and citizens alike have been tested, yet they remain resilient in the face of tyranny. Resilience is the essential attribute of today and the future.