Oslo Freedom Forum held in Taipei

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 13 September, 2019
By: Leslie Liao

President of the Human Rights Foundation Thor Halvorssen

This year’s Oslo Freedom Forum was held in Taipei on Friday. Notable attendees included Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho, Pulitzer Prize winning Kachin journalist Esther Htusan, Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter, and former North-Korean diplomat Thae Yong-Ho. As the forum began, each shared stories about their struggles for freedom.

In an opening statement, Human Rights Foundation head Thor Halvorssen said that there are 4.1 billion people living under dictatorships, and that 96% of all refugees come fleeing from authoritarian regimes. He said that Taiwan is faced with the threat of China and its authoritarian ideology. Halvorssen said that the current situation in China recalls dystopian works by Aldous Huxley and George Orwell.    [FULL  STORY]

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