Geneva, Mar 8, 2017: A new exhibition “Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education,” was launched on March 6 at the Palais des Nations, home of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Human beans for human rights A mural depicting human rights issues through humor [ Photo by villunderlondon/CC BY-ND]

On display until March 17, the exhibition raises awareness of the role of human rights education in promoting dignity, equality and peace, and preventing human rights violations and abuses. It marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training in December 2011.

The exhibition is co-organized by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), HRE 2020, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning, and the states comprising the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training (Brazil, Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia, Switzerland and Thailand), with thanks to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Panels can be viewed here.

At the opening, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations Office at Geneva Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo commented, “Human rights education and training are critical to achieving a society of peace, tolerance and sustainable development in which the human rights of all are respected, protected and fulfilled.”

Abdulaziz Almuzaini, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva, added, “I wish to commend the organizers for their shared commitment to raising awareness and promoting action in support of human rights education around the world.”

Hirotsugu Terasaki, SGI Director General of Peace & Global Issues, quoted SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, stating: “It has never been more important to create and solidify a movement for human rights education that will foster the social conditions in which people treasure human diversity and dignity.”

Other speakers included Craig Mokhiber, Chief of the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch of OHCHR, and Emma Melander Borg of the HRE 2020 global coalition for human rights education.

The 25-panel exhibition shows how human rights education has transformed the lives of people in Australia, Burkina Faso, Peru, Portugal and Turkey. It invites citizens, governments and civil society organizations to take action to nurture a culture of human rights.

SGI is a community-based Buddhist association with 12 million members around the world. Its members promote peace, culture and education as part of the long-standing tradition of Buddhist humanism.

Contact:
Joan Anderson
Office of Public Information
Soka Gakkai International
Tel: +81-80-5957-4711
Fax: +81-3-5360-9885
E-mail: anderson[at]soka.jp

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