Human Rights

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"Human Rights in the 21st Century" Exhibition Opens in Tokyo

Visitors at the human rights exhibition

"Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual," which supports the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education, opened on December 7 at the United Nations (UN) Gallery in the UN House in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and Soka Gakkai cohosted the exhibit, commemorating International Human Rights Day (December 10), supported by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), the UNICEF Office in Japan and the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan.

The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive overview of 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.

Children in a refugee camp in Bam, Iran, following the devastating quake of December 2003

"Human Rights in the 21st Century," presented in Japanese language, is a multimedia exhibit with special consideration for schoolchildren. Included among some 220 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 upon, which demonstrated 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 329 languages, 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.

World map providing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 329 languages at a touch

[The exhibition at the UN Gallery runs through December 25. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access: An 8-minute walk from the JR Shibuya Station or the Subway Omote Sando Station--Exit B2. Admission is free.].

[Adapted from an SGI Press Release dated December 5, 2005.]