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Human Rights | Oct 24 2008

SGI-USA Hosts Human Rights Film Festival in Santa Monica, California

On October 24, 2008, the SGI-USA Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center hosted the opening of the Eighth Annual Human Rights Film Festival in Santa Monica, California. The goal of the festival, curated by the Echo Park Film Center, was to highlight social justice issues too often ignored by ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 6 2008

UNICEF Representative to Malaysia Lectures at Soka Gakkai Malaysia Headquarters

On September 6, 2008, Youssouf Oomar, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative to Malaysia lectured at the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur. Titled "Quality Education for All," Mr. Oomar's talk focused on the importance of treating each child as a human being in totality, ... read more

Human Rights | Aug 29 2008

SGI Representative Attends Human Rights Conference in Austria

From August 28 to 29, 2008, an International Expert Conference on Human Rights was held in Vienna, Austria, organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. The conference served to review the 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights and to reaffirm the extant challenges for ... read more

Human Rights | Aug 9 2008

Celebrating Diversity in Iceland

On August 9, 2008, SGI-Iceland participated in Reykjavík's annual gay pride parade, the main event held during Iceland's nationwide week of celebrating diversity. Some 40 SGI-Iceland members marched in the parade, together with six members from SGI-Europe's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Group, representing various European countries. The marchers ... read more

Human Rights | Jun 15 2008

SGI Supports and Attends Humphrey's Memorial Dedication

The interactive memorial, situated close to Dr. Humphrey's childhood home and his gravesite, consists of pieces created in stone with running water cascading down their sides, two mahogany wood figures of Humphrey as an adult and as a boy, and bronze birds situated on a bench open to view. A ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Canada Joins Event Calling for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On March 30, 2008, 130 SGI-Canada members from the Ontario region participated in an event organized by York Regional Police in partnership with various local cultural and religious groups to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Around 400 people joined the event at Bur Oak Secondary ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 1 2008

Human Rights Education Activities in Budapest and New York

From February 13-20, 2008, SGI's Geneva-based UN Liaison Officer Kazunari Fujii was invited to participate as an expert adviser in an evaluation seminar for the two-year Advanced Compass Training course in Human Rights Education (ACT-HRE) held at the Council of Europe's European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The seminar brought ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 7 2007

Conference of NGOs (CONGO) General Assembly Held in Geneva

December 5-7, 2007, CONGO, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (UN), held its 23rd General Assembly at the International Conference Center in Geneva, Switzerland. CONGO is a membership association with more than 500 member NGOs from 74 countries, working to ensure that NGOs are present ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 27 2007

SGI Representative Makes NGO Statement at UN Human Rights Council

SGI and the World Federation of UN Associations worked together to draft the statement to support the proposal of Costa Rica to extend by two years the first phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE). SGI UN Liaison Officer in Geneva Kazunari Fujii, currently chair of the ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 16 2007

Human Rights Exhibition Held in Hiroshima

On September 4, 2007, an exhibition produced by Soka Gakkai youth members, titled, "Hope for Human Rights in the 21st Century," opened at the Hiroshima Industrial Hall. The exhibition, created in 2005 in support of the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education, takes up contemporary human rights issues and ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 14 2007

SGI-Australia Cosponsors Forum on Depression and Its Creative Potential

On September 14, 2007, SGI-Australia hosted a forum on depression at the SGI-Australia Culture Center in Sydney. Jointly sponsored by SGI-Australia and the University of Sydney Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, the forum aimed at fostering a correct understanding of depression, raising awareness about the dignity of life and ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 8 2007

SGI-South Africa Celebrates Life of Steve Biko

On September 8, 2007, SGI-South Africa paid tribute to Steve Biko (1946-1977), a hero of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with a combined dance, music, song, storytelling and poetry recital titled, "My Revolution--Revealing the Jewel Within," at its center in Johannesburg. The event was held on the 50th anniversary ... read more

Human Rights | Apr 14 2007

Renowned German Peace Activist and Psychoanalyst Lectures on Gender and Personal Responsibility in Germany

On April 14, 2007, SGI-Germany and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center at Taplow Court, UK, cosponsored a public lecture at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center, Bingen City, Germany. Some 150 attended the lecture by guest speaker Professor Horst-Eberhard Richter, a renowned psychoanalyst and peace activist. Professor Richter is ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 28 2007

Human Rights Education Conference in Murmansk, Russia

Kazunari Fujii, SGI UN Liaison Officer in Geneva and chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education & Learning of the CONGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationships with the UN), attended an International Conference on Human Rights Education from March 27-28, 2007, in Murmansk, northwest Russia, organized ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 20 2007

SGI Representative Moderates Panel Discussion on Human Rights Education

On March 20, 2007, at the UN European Headquarters in Geneva, a panel discussion parallel to the 4th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education and the Right to Education was organized by the NGO Working Group on Human Rights ... read more