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RFK Training Institute published the report ‘A year in review 2014’

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RFK Training Institute is a core program of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. During 2014, the RFK Training Institute organized a total of 9 activities included trainings, expert meetings and discussions on issues related to women rights, LGBT, freedom of expression, and human rights protection mechanisms. Trainees at RFK TI also received basic training on internet security. The Training Institute also co-organized a side event in Parallel to the UN Human Rights Council, participated in lectures at the European University Institute and conferences side by side with the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez.

It trained around 140 human rights defenders from 56 countries from all around the world including Chad, Cuba, Haiti, Western Sahara, Fiji, and Kyrgyzstan among many others. Trainings were conducted in English, Spanish and Russian. Participants included members of NGOs, journalists, judges, government officials, officials of inter-governmental organizations, University students, and PhD candidates. Professors included present and former UN Special Rapporteurs, like Juan Mendez, Frank La Rue and Martin Schinen, Members of Inter-Governmental organizations like Mr. Rafendi Djamin from the ASEAN Human Rights Commission and Ms. Valerie Couillard from the African Commission, Officials from Inter-Governmental organizations like Ms. Elizabeth Abi Mershed and Maria Isabel Rivero from the Inter-American Commission, Mr. Chaffi Bakari and Ms. Maya Derouaz from The Office of the High Commissioner, as well as University Professors, Clinical directors and many others. The training Institute team had one person for 6 months and 2 starting in July 2014.

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Training on International Human Rights Protection Mechanisms 2015

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Florence, Italy
September 28 – October 2, 2015

Applications are now open
Applications close: August 15, 2015 – 12:00 (Italy time).
 
Apply Here: http://www.tfaforms.com/377647

THE TRAINING

Universal recognition of human rights remains a major challenge in virtually all corners of the world. Civil society organizations play a crucial role in order to achieve a better level of protection of human rights for all. Human rights protection mechanisms are strategic tools used every day to help these organizations to achieve their goals.

By bringing together practitioners and activists from all over the world, this program aims at strengthening their capacity to access and utilize regional and international human rights procedures, standards and mechanisms. The confluence of rich, varying experiences from different protection mechanisms provides with a unique opportunity to share lessons learned, both in using international mechanisms and working for their improvement.

This year the training will focus on the issue of Freedom of Expression. Practitioners working on this issue are encouraged to apply.

Part of the training will be dedicated to discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the different mechanisms with the objective of identifying best practices and exchanging experiences between participants in order to improve ways in which civil society supports the development of new systems and strengthen existing ones.

The training is open to practitioners using any human rights system: African, Asean, European, Inter-American, and/or the UN.

TRAINERS

Michael O’Flaherty

Academic human rights lawyer and a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights

Rafendi Djamin

Commissioner and Indonesian Representative of the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

Santiago A. Canton

Director of Partners for Human Rights at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and professor of law of Georgetown University Law Center

Frank La Rue

Former UN Special Rapporteur of Opinion and Expression and Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights- Europe

Philip Leach

Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) and Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University.

Andrea Galindo

Director of the Training Institute at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

SESSIONS

Introduction to international and regional mechanisms

This session will explore basic Human Rights principles, applicable to all systems and talk about supranational institutions, including all regional systems and the UN.

The International system

Overview of the UN Human Rights System (charter based and treaty bodies) with special attention to the work of treaty bodies.

The International System in action

Presentation of a case, experiences and lessons learned.

The Inter-American System

Overview of the IA Commission with special attention to the case system

The Inter-American System in action

Presentation of a case, experiences and lessons learned

The ASEAN System

Overview of the ASEAN System

The Asean System in action

Review of the Terms of reference of the system

The African System

Overview of the African System with special attention to the case system

The African System in action

Presentation of a case, experiences and lessons learned

The European System

Overview of the European system with special attention to the case system

The European System in action

Presentation of a case, experiences and lessons learned

Freedom of Expression and its relation with the Human Rights Protection Mechanisms

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE

– Pratitioners of International Human Rights Law

– Representatives of NGOs working with international human rights protection mechanisms

– People working for a human rights institutes, development or humanitarian NGOs

– People working in international organizations of human rights

– International Law students or Social Sciences students interested in acquiring practical use of the HR protection systems

COSTS AND REGISTRATION

The course fee is €630. Airfare, visa, accommodation and expenses during the week of the course are not included in this fee. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own funding to participate in the course. The RFK TI may be able to offer a limited number of scholarships for the course fee and accommodation. If you will like to obtain a scholarship please indicate so in the form. In selecting recipients of the scholarships, the organizers will consider, among other criteria, country of origin, economic possibilities, as well as regional and gender balance.

Once the registration is closed, organizers will work on the selection process and will send the coordinates for the fee deposit to those selected.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

August 15, 2015 – 12:00 (Italy time).

For further information you can contact Ms. Andrea Galindo – Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Training institute at hrtraining@rfkhumanrights.org

THE ORGANIZERS

The Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute (RFK TI) provides trainings for human rights defenders to broaden human rights awareness in the wold. Inspired by Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that every individual can make a difference, the RFK TI was established to provide a secure space where human rights defenders, law students and/or practitioners of human rights law, can develop their skills, exchange information and share best practices through their experiences, at the same time the RFK TI is a hub to create new partnerships to confront pressing human rights crisis around the world.

American University Washington College of Law (AU-WCL) is renowned worldwide as a well-respected academic institution for its expertise in human rights protection systems. AU-WCL and its Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law gathers human rights students and activists every year, among other numerous human rights initiatives and programs.

 

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organizes the V Training Course for State Officials on the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights from 20-24th July in Washington D.C.

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(Florence, Italy | May 13, 2015)- Together with the Inter American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), American University Washington College of Law (AU WCL) and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIDH), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will hold the 5th annual course on the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights that will run in parallel to the 155th regular session of the Commission.

The course aims at instructing for the effective use of the human rights protection system by the state officials from Members States of the Organization of American States (OAS) and at deepening the knowledge of the procedure, standards and mechanisms of the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights. In addition, this course presents the opportunity for state officials to exchange experiences and best practices and reinforce communication with the IACHR commissioners.

The training is targeted toward state officials from Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other Ministries that have been assigned to represent their States before international human rights bodies. Depending on availability, other state officials who are in charge of the promotion of human rights might be able to participate.

This is a one-week course and will be held entirely in Spanish.

For more information about the course and how to submit your application please visit the Websitehttp://www.oas.org/es/cidh/actividades/cursos.asp

 

Exciting Year Ahead for Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute

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The Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute is planning an exciting year of human rights trainings, including its first training on international human rights litigation, a training on human rights protection mechanisms (both to be held in Florence), and trainings for officials and NGOs of the Inter-American System (to be held in Washington, D.C.).

In addition, the Training Institute is planning on hosting trainings on digital security for human rights defenders, freedom of expression, women human rights defenders and protection of journalists working on human rights issues.

If you would like to receive more information about the Training Institute and the upcoming courses, please e-mail hrtraining@rfkcenter.org

Discussion on Torture with the participation of Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and Andrea Galindo, Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute

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On November 17th in Florence, Amnesty International Italy organized an event to address the issue of torture with the special participation of Juan Mendez, who talked about his work and activities as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. To represent the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Andrea Galindo, Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute, discussed the international and European Protection Mechanisms against torture. The event was part of the Amnesty International’s campaign “Stop Torture”, dedicated to the struggle against torture and raising awareness on the countries which do not acknowledge torture as a crime, Italy among them.

About the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute

Inspired by Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that every individual can make a difference, the RFK Training Institute (RFK TI) in Florence, Italy, was established to provide a secure space where human rights defenders can further develop their skills, exchange information and best practices, and establish new partnerships to confront pressing human rights challenges around the world. RFK TI organizes trainings for human rights defenders covering diverse issues, including social media strategies, digital security, human rights protections mechanisms, immigration, freedom of expression, and the rights of women, LGBTI people, and indigenous communities.