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This month, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) returned to Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala and Stanford University in California to host the College Freedom Forum (CFF).

CFF is a series of one-day events designed to educate students about democracy and human rights worldwide. Through CFF, HRF aims to engage the next generation of advocates, fostering an interdisciplinary understanding of global challenges and potential solutions.


Universidad Francisco Marroquín

HRF hosted the seventh edition of CFF at UFM, where students and faculty had the chance to learn about the work, challenges, and personal stories of the founder and president of Ideas Beyond Borders, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar; Venezuelan human rights activist Olga González; Cuban artist and activist Yunier Suárez; Hong Kong activist Carmen Lau; and Bolivian assemblywoman and opposition leader Toribia Lero Quispe.

Stanford University

HRF returned to Stanford University for a CFF focused on the Asia-Pacific region, featuring Uyghur advocate and daughter of imprisoned scholar Ilham Tohti Jewher Ilham, North Korean defector and advocate Eunhee Park, Vietnamese pop star and political activist Mai Khoi, and former president of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay. The program also included Stanford faculty, including renowned democracy scholars Francis Fukuyama and Larry Diamond. After the panel discussion, Stanford students had the opportunity to meet and interact with the speakers.

Lobsang Sangay speaks about the Chinese government’s oppression of Tibetans.

Mai Khoi performs “Bad Activist,” a piece about her work as a dissident artist.

If you have questions about this program or would like to get involved in future CFF events, please email [email protected].