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The Annual Conference of the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI)

September 26, 2023
RFKSpain Bilbao English

RFK Human Rights Spain at the annual AHRI (Association of Human Rights Institutes) Conference.

Maria Díaz de la Cebosa, president of RFK Human Rights Spain, participated in the prestigious AHRI conference, an initiative that was made possible this year by AHRI itself (the Association of Human Rights Institutes), and the Padre Aruba Human Rights Institute of Deusto University.

The conference was held from September 7th – 9th, 2023 at the Bilbao campus of the University of Deusto. More than 80 human rights institutes from around the world were present, including more than 200 experts and researchers, as well as many actual human rights defenders.

The central theme of the annual conference was “Human Rights Defenders Under Siege.” This focus is particularly relevant in the year 2023, which marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). The main objective of the event is to encourage civil discourse, to share relevant experiences, and to discuss and exchange ideas on best practices that can contribute to strengthening the protection and promotion of all human rights in an increasingly uncertain global context.

María Díaz de la Cebosa, president of RFK Human Rights Spain, offered a presentation entitled “Speak Truth to Power: An interactive Method to Teach Human Rights Literacy to Young People.”

The Speak Truth to Power (STTP) program offered by RFK Human Rights to students from elementary school through adulthood was fully explored, with special attention devoted to two key concepts: the interactive methodology employed and the importance of human rights literacy among the citizenry. The primary objectives of the program are to enable young people to become human rights defenders within their own communities, as well as to promote human rights throughout the very fabric of educational institutions.

The President of RFK Human Rights Spain also introduced the impending launch of an accreditation for educational centers that comply with and promote the values of the foundation, as well as outreach efforts designed to strengthen the human rights education program in Spain.

María Díaz de la Cebosa additionally highlighted the importance of ethics in the use of artificial intelligence in education, seeking to further enrich human rights literacy during this current, digital era.

The event has received significant media coverage in Spain and beyond.