Human Rights

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Osaka Soka Gakkai to Sponsor Exhibition in Support of the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education

From November 22, Osaka Soka Gakkai will sponsor the "Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual" (working title) in Osaka. The exhibition supports the United Nations' World Program for Human Rights Education, adopted unanimously at the UN general assembly in October 2004 at the conclusion of the UN Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004). The exhibition is being supported by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Japan Office, and the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. Following the showing in Osaka, the exhibition is scheduled to be shown at UN House at United Nations University in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, and travel to other venues throughout Japan. Admission is free.

A poem by Helen Keller in her own penciled printing

The exhibition will include mementos and documents chronicling the struggles of human rights advocates such as Helen Keller (1880-1968), who herself challenged and overcame the stigma associated with being sight-, hearing- and speech-impaired, and Janusz Korczak (1879-1942), a Polish-Jewish children's writer and educator who dedicated his life to protect Jewish and Catholic orphans and chose to go with his young Jewish wards to the Nazi death camp Treblinka rather than accept the escape extended by his Gentile friends.

In Toward Perpetual Peace, (1795) Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) describes the state of "perpetual peace among nations," one of the three important concepts underlying his "ethical commonwealth."
Janusz Korczak (1879-1942) strongly identified with the protagonist of Matthew the Young King, a timeless parable about a child-king who dreams of a utopian kingdom with just laws for both children and adults.

Specific human rights issues of the 21st century will be addressed under themes such as "Women," "Children," "Minorities," "Conflicts and Terrorism" and "Poverty." There are specially created exhibits, such as the words to the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" depicted on a 50-inch screen provided in 331 languages at the touch of a map. There is also a "Storybook Corner" where parents can read to children. Captions describing panels are provided in easy-to-read hiragana above the Chinese characters, as well as in languages such as English, Chinese, Hangul, and Portuguese. Also depicted are voices of NGO representatives and people receiving their support, who have faced and overcome numerous hardships and despair with hope and determination.


Osaka Business Park Circle Hall - Access: Kyobashi Stn. on the JR Osaka Loop Line or on the Keihan Main Line; Osaka Business Park Stn. on the Subway Nagahori Tsurumiyokuchi Line; Osaka-Jo Kitazume Stn. on the JR Tozai Line; and Osakajo-Koen Stn. on the JR Osaka Loop Line. Dates - Tue., Nov. 22 through Thu., Dec. 1, 2005, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Opens at 1:00 p.m. on the first day (Nov. 22) and closes at 4:00 p.m. on the final day (Dec. 1).

UN House, UN Gallery, at the United Nations University in Shibuya Ward - Access: An 8-min. walk from the JR Shibuya Stn. or the Subway Omote Sando Stn.--Exit B2 Dates - Wed., Dec. 7 through Sun. Dec. 25, 2005, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.