Long-term fellowships for Oslo Freedom Forum speakers

The Freedom Fellowship is a one-year program that awards human rights advocates, social entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders from challenging political environments around the world with the unique opportunity to dramatically increase the impact of their work. During the program, the fellows work with a team of mentors to focus on the areas of activism, leadership, fundraising, technology, and communications.

Thanks to the Freedom Fellowship, I co-founded a movement in Bolivia named RÍOS DE PIE (Standing Rivers). It already is becoming one of the leading nonviolent resistance movements to Evo Morales’ authoritarian regime.

Jhanisse Vaca Daza, First Freedom Fellow



2019-2020 Freedom Fellows



Hong Kong human rights advocate who works on freedom of assembly and expression, protection to HRDs, and capacity building to right-based CSOs. He is the chair of the board of the Hong Kong Civil Hub, which produces regular briefings on Hong Kong shrinking civic space, and builds solidarity around international rule of law and human rights communities.


Libyan activist and researcher who has worked on human rights, women’s rights, and youth empowerment since 2011. She is the co-founder of Tamazight Women’s Movement, an organization working on gender equality and research on the indigenous women of Libya and North Africa.


Nicaraguan pro-democracy and women’s rights advocate. She is the coordinator of Dialogue of Women for Democracy, a think tank that promotes open discussions about the challenges faced by women in Nicaragua.


Sudanese activist organizing professional and youth groups in the country against Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir’s dictatorship. She is part of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the outlawed umbrella group of unions currently leading protests.


Congolese human rights activist also known as “Congo’s Gandhi”. He is the leader of pro-democracy youth group LUCHA, which advocates for nonviolent, community-level change and governmental reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal is a student activist, publisher, and author who advocates for education reform in Thailand. He founded Education for Liberation of Siam, a student group that challenges the Thai military junta’s unjust actions in the country’s education system.


Vanessa Tsehaye, Eritrean free-speech and democracy activist. She is the founder of One Day Seyoum, a human rights organization that campaigns for Seyoum Tsehaye’s release and raises awareness about the crackdown on democratic ideals in Eritrea.


Venezuelan human rights activist and nonviolence expert. He founded the international NGO “Un Mundo Sin Mordaza (A World Without Censorship)”, which has coordinated creative protests against Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship in 52 countries.



Lawyer, historian and civil rights activist from Moscow. He is a lecturer and researcher as well as a leading expert at the Republican Research Centre, a think tank and academic hub created in 2019 to develop awareness of civic humanism. He was a co-founder of the December 5 Party, a pro-democracy political party that was born out of the 2011 protests for fair elections. He is also coordinator of ZaPark environmental movement that struggles to protect green areas in Moscow.