Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Oslo Freedom Forum: Day 2 is underway watch it streamed live now

"There are no dictatorships of the right or left, all are dictatorships. We want to end the one of the Castros" - Berta Soler

Berta Soler recieves the Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent

Watch: 2013 Oslo Freedom Forum and the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent

OSLO (May 15, 2012)—The final day of the 2013 Oslo Freedom Forum begins this morning at 9:30am CEST (3:30am EST) and will be streamed live at A full schedule of events is available here.

Today’s first session, titled A Climate of Fear, will feature recently escaped Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam, bestselling Zimbabwean author Peter Godwin, Iranian-Canadian anti-death penalty activist Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, recently assaulted Venezuelan opposition leader Julio Borges, Eritrean journalist Meron Estefanos, and Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger.

A panel discussion will follow on Façade Capitalism and its Threat to Human Rights, an examination of the dark side of governance models that sacrifice civil and political rights in the name of stability and economic growth, featuring journalist and author Luke Harding, Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, American economist Donald Boudreaux, and Singaporean opposition leader Chee Soon Juan. The panel will be moderated by Daily Beast news editor Michael Moynihan, and viewers are welcome to participate in the question and answer session by following OFF on Twitter at @OsloFF and using hashtag #OsloFF to ask questions, or by emailing

The day’s final session, The Art of Dissent, will feature talks from Cameroonian musician and former political prisoner Lapiro de Mbanga, Belarusian theatre director Natalia Kaliada, Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, and Zimbabwean artist Owen Maseko. Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa will deliver the concluding remarks at the forum.

The second annual Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissident will be awarded at the close of the event to Ali Ferzat, North Korean democracy activist Park Sang Hak, and the Cuban civil society group The Ladies in White. Berta Soler, leader of The Ladies in White, will accept the award on the group’s behalf. The laureates will each receive an artist’s representation of the “Goddess of Democracy,” the iconic statue erected by Chinese student leaders during the Tiananmen Square protests of June 1989. The recipients will also share a prize of 350,000 Norwegian kroner.

The Havel Prize ceremony will begin at 4:00pm CEST (10am EST) at the Christiania Theater. It will be free and open to the public beginning at 3:45pm CEST.

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