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Tokyo, Dec 5, 2005: The lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai and the United Nations Information Centre in Japan are co-organizers of the exhibition “Human Rights in the 21st Century—Treasuring Each Individual,” a human rights education exhibition that premieres in Tokyo at the UN Gallery in the UN House in Shibuya from December 7–25, 2005.
Developed by the Soka Gakkai as a contribution to the United Nations’ World Programme for Human Rights Education that began in January, 2005, with the support of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the exhibit aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the human rights issues confronting the world today. It also highlights the positive contributions of men and women who have striven to protect and promote human rights in the face of tremendous adversity.
related article Education for Human Rights, Disarmament, Sustainability Are Key—SGI President Issues Annual Peace Proposal In his annual peace proposal issued today, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the SGI, urges renewed efforts to promote education for human rights, disarmament and sustainable development. In Ikeda's view, education that focuses on such global issues as peace and elimination of poverty "forms the basis for cooperative efforts to build a sustainable human society, one that we can pass on to future generations." “Human Rights in the 21st Century” is presented in Japanese language in a multimedia format with special consideration for schoolchildren. Included among over 200 items on display are original manuscripts by such champions of human rights as Mahatma Gandhi, Helen Keller and Martin Luther King Jr.
Also featured are paintings, sculpture and poems by refugees, people with disabilities, children affected by armed conflict and others whose human rights have been infringed, demonstrating the power of human creativity to rise above oppression and suffering. Among the technical highlights of the exhibit is a 50-inch display of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in all available language versions, where viewers can touch a world map to select a language.
Synopses of the displays will be provided in English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and other languages, while a Japanese-language mobile phone-accessible website will be available for the visually impaired. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge from 10 am to 5 pm daily.
Venue: UN Gallery (UN House 1st-2nd floors), 5-53-70 Jingu-mae, Shibuya Ward
Organizers: Soka Gakkai, UN Information Centre, Tokyo
Supporters: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF Office in Japan, National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan.
About UNIC Tokyo: The United Nations Public Information Centre, Tokyo (UNIC Tokyo) belongs to the UN Department of Public Information. UNIC Tokyo represents the United Nations’ Secretariat in Japan and provides information on its activities to Japanese people.
About Soka Gakkai: Soka Gakkai is a lay Buddhist association with around 10 million members in Japan. Soka Gakkai’s efforts to promote human rights education are part of the longstanding tradition of Buddhist humanism.
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