The College Freedom Forum is a series of one-day events on university campuses designed to connect students directly with activists promoting democracy and fundamental rights around the world. Through this program, HRF works to educate and inspire the next generation of human rights leaders.
On February 20, HRF returned to Guatemala for the fifth annual College Freedom Forum at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. This is the largest and most impactful of our annual college events, and 2020 was no exception.
Speakers included Afghan entrepreneur Roya Mahboob, Nicaraguan activist Felix Maradiaga, Cuban journalist Yoani Sánchez, Venezuelan pro-democracy advocate Rodrigo Diamanti, Eritrean human rights activist Vanessa Tsehaye, and Bengali writer Ahmedur “Tutul” Chowdhury.
Before a packed crowd of more than 700 students, the speakers shared their personal stories and engaged with the audience via public Q&A and private meet and greets.