The CU Distinguished Speakers Board (DSB) and the Cultural Events Board (CEB), in conjunction with University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG), are proud to announce the College Freedom Forum will come to the University of Colorado Boulder’s University Memorial Center Glenn Miller Ballroom on March 11. Park Sang Hak, Karsha Jacqueline, Chen Guangcheng and Maryam al-Khawaja will be the speakers.
Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 P.M.; the speeches, which will be presented independently, will begin at 7:00 P.M. and followed by a Q&A session. The event is free and open to the public. Seating priority is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The College Freedom Forum (CFF) is a joint initiative of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), with DSB, CEB, and CUSG. CFF is a one-evening event that brings the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) to the University of Colorado Boulder. OFF is an annual summit of activists, business leaders, media, technologists, artists, world leaders and policymakers who gather each spring to exchange ideas on how to better promote and protect human rights globally.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Park Sang Hak defected from North Korea in 1999 and is now a democracy activist. He is the chairman of Fighters for a Free North Korea, an organization that launches balloons containing human rights and pro-democracy literature into North Korea. He is also a member of the Democracy Network Against the North Korean Gulag and the Exile Committee for North Korean Democracy.
Kasha N. Jacqueline, a Ugandan lesbian and LGBTI activist, is the founder of Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), an organization that offers refuge to the persecuted LGBTI community. Kasha describes the horrifying witch-hunt presently occurring in her country – a movement that threatens anyone labeled as a homosexual with imprisonment, exile or death.
Chen Guangcheng is a blind Chinese civil rights activist and self-taught legal worker. After bringing a lawsuit against Chinese authorities for excessive enforcement of the country’s one-child policy, Chen was sentenced to house arrest. In 2012, he escaped and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He now lives with his family in the U.S. and is a visiting scholar at the New York University School of Law.
Maryam Al-Khawaja relates the stories of the individuals who, in their desire for freedom, have been targeted by the Bahraini government as terrorists. Maryam describes the mistreatment of protestors such as her own father, Abdulhadi, who has been in detention for over a month and has suffered brutal torture. Maryam in featured in the film, We Are the Giant, which is part of the Sundance Film Festival.