Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) A satellite event of the 2018 Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF), a conference on human rights, political freedom and democracy, will be held in Taiwan for the first time on Nov. 10, the event organizer said Friday.
According to a New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) news release, OFF has evolved from an annual flagship event in Oslo to include satellite events around the world, including New York, Johannesburg, Mexico City, and now, Taiwan.
Speakers at the first-ever Oslo Freedom Forum in Taiwan will include Cambodian human rights activist and exiled opposition politician Mu Sochua, North Korean defector and activist Ji Seong-ho, Vietnamese pop star and political activist Mai Khoi, Egyptian actor, model, and LGBT rights activist Omar Sharif Jr., and several others.
Thor Halvorssen, a Venezuela-based human rights activist who established the foundation, said he was honored that the event will be held in Taiwan.
The forum in Taipei will also include art exhibits, networking workshops and musical performances.
Since 2009, the foundation has been holding the annual event in Norway, bringing together dissidents and leaders from the business, technology, media and political sectors to discuss ways of promoting human rights and democracy.