International Human Rights Forum (IHRF)

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International Human Rights Forum (IHRF) is an annual event with over 1, 200 people in attendance. It provides a platform where players from the private sector, politics, media, interest groups, science and the civil society can discuss human rights together. This forum aims to give birth to projects which are not only initialized but carried through to success. The IHRF 2010 themed “Human Rights and Pervasive Computing”, took place on May 18th and 19th in Lucerne, Switzerland and attracted people from across the globe. The 7th International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (IHRF) was concluded by the IHRF Concert Classic held at the Culture and Convention Center Lucerne (KKL) where the Human Rights Orchestra (HRO) was performed together with the exceptional Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires. The benefit concert’s goal was to enhance public awareness of human rights and support concrete human rights projects.

AfriAfya was selected as this year’s beneficiary to the funds raised from the concert. Representing AfriAfya was the Director, Dr. Koki Muli- Kinagwi who gave a talk about how AfriAfya has been using ICTs to improve access to health and development information for rural and marginalized communities. The Human Rights Orchestra is an initiative of the Musicians for Human Rights (MfHR) whose mission is to promote a culture of human rights and to help improve the lives of individuals and communities in need. The organization was founded in 2009 in Rome, Italy, by world-renowned horn player Alessio Allegrini and a group of fellow musicians, organizations and humanists active in grassroots efforts worldwide. benefit concert’s goal was to enhance public awareness of human rights and support concrete human rights projects.

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