Florence, – Today the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Europe officially launches the RFK International House of Human Rights, the first home of its kind where digital activists from all over the world can meet face to face, exchange skills and experiences, and build relationships to inspire justice.
“The RFK International House for Human Rights will bring together human rights defenders who are changing our world with digital experts who are shaping the way change happens in the 21st century,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of RFK Center. “Together they have the tools to help realize Robert Kennedy’s dream of a more just and peaceful world.”
The RFK International House for Human Rights, a project of the RFK Training Institute (IT), will be a space of meeting, training, and research about social media and social change. The programs will include workshops and training activities as well as events and meetings between human rights defenders and digital experts all over the world.
The inaugural digital activists hail from Myanmar, Philippines, Mexico, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe, and will be meeting with specialists from Tactical Technology Collective (TTC); Global Voices Online, OneWorld Digital Security Exchange; Witness.org; Electronic Freedom Frontier; and Human Rights Watch.
Based in Florence, Italy, the RFK International House is located inside Le Murate, a former prison converted into a center for human rights. The building already hosts the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights’ European offices, the organization’s only headquarters outside of the United States. The RFK Center was founded in 1968 by Robert Kennedy’s family and friends as a living memorial to Senator Robert Kennedy and today it is one of the world’s foremost international human rights organizations.
The new RFK International House of Human Rights facility at Le Murate includes 12 rooms housing visiting activists, two meeting and expo rooms, and the staff offices. It will house digital activists from all over the world: people who use technology to defend human rights. In addition to offering them safety and protection, the RFK House will provide its guests with a forum for sharing up-to-date information and learning how to use cutting-edge instruments to expand their impact.