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The Thorn in Tyranny’s Side: A Look at the Oslo Freedom Forum by Patrick Beliard (A’21)

by tuftsigl
The Thorn in Tyranny’s Side: A Look at the Oslo Freedom Forum by Patrick Beliard (A’21) Jul 09

“The Oslo Freedom Forum is the thorn in tyranny’s side – a thriving global community of activists united by a common vision of making the world more peaceful, prosperous, and free from authoritarianism.”

Since its inception, the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) has been the beacon of light that celebrates and acknowledges the efforts of activists fighting for a better tomorrow. Once a year, dissidents and troublemakers from all around the world gather in the city of Oslo, Norway to discuss the past year’s victories and the future challenges that they face. As promoters of democratic principles, civil rights, and equality, they often put their lives on the line for what they believe.

Since 2008, the speakers have fced 248 years of imprisonment. Seventy-two of the activists are living in exile from their countries, and ten have been banned from attending the OFF. The event is all the more vital considering these daunting statistics.

Jul 07

A Study of Nonviolent Resistance: First Steps by Taylor Lewis (A’21)

by tuftsigl

While it is one thing to study resistance movements in a class or through one’s own personal interest, working with an organization that’s teachings have influenced nonviolent protests around the world is another experience all together.

Jul 01

Resistance No Matter the Costs by Dorothy Neher (A’20)

by tuftsigl

In May, I had the privilege of attending the Oslo Freedom Forum in Oslo, Norway. For three days I had the opportunity to listen and engage in discussion with several human rights activists.

Jun 21

Freeing Jailed Activists? Welcome to Day 1 by Noah Zussman (A’20)

by tuftsigl

After spending the past five months studying abroad in Athens, Greece, I was ready to go home. However, when I was selected to participate in the Institute for Global Leadership’s (IGL) Oslo Scholars program, I knew I couldn’t leave Europe.

Oct 18

Finding Oslo in New York by Atrey Bhargava (A’21)

by jtijssen

On the 17th of September, I had the privilege of attending the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York. The New York forum is a smaller version of the annual Oslo Freedom Forum in Oslo each spring.

Aug 17

Gearing toward the End by Atrey Bhargava (A’21)

by tuftsigl

After a month and a half of my internship at CANVAS, the city of Belgrade seems more like home than just a vantage point to study and hone my skills in the areas of human rights and activism. July is the month of tourists, and this has provided a much-needed jolt to the dragging economy.

Aug 03

Researching Non-Violent Methods of Resistance at the Albert Einstein Institution by Claire Trilling (A’19)

by tuftsigl

As part of the Oslo Scholars program this summer, I’ve been working remotely for Jamila Raqib at the Albert Einstein Institution. The organization specializes in the study of nonviolent methods of resistance and how they can be used in conflicts globally.

Jul 18

Journeys Don’t Always End Up the Way We Expect Them To by Carlos Irisarri (A’21)

by tuftsigl

There are very few events in the world that will land you in as many places as I found myself during the course of the Oslo Freedom Forum, especially in so little time.

Jul 18

The 10th Anniversary of the Oslo Freedom Forum by Carlos Irisarri (A’21)

by tuftsigl

As part of the Oslo Scholars program at the Institute for Global Leadership, I, along with another Tufts student, was given the opportunity to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) in Norway.

Jul 05

How To Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men and other Nonviolent Techniques To Change the World by Atrey Bhargava (A'21)

by tuftsigl

The title comes from Srdja Popovic’s book, Blueprint for a Revolution

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