"21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope" Shown in Yamanashi and Shiga Prefectures, Japan
Soka Gakkai's "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope--You Are Invaluable" was shown in Yamanashi Prefecture from September 29 to October 3, and in Shiga Prefecture from October 26-31.
On display were original autographed documents and letters written by human rights pioneers such as Eleanor Roosevelt, renowned first lady of the United States; Mahatma Gandhi, "the father of nonviolence"; Helen Keller, American author and activist who was deaf and blind; and Janusz Korczak, Polish doctor and educator. Also included were art works by Emu Namae, a blind illustrator, and Chikap Mieko, an activist working for the rights of the Ainu, an indigenous group in Japan.
In addition, the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights was projected onto a 50-inch screen and available for viewing in 329 languages at the touch of an interactive map.
One exhibit attendee, Isamu Otsubo from Hagoromo University of International Studies in Osaka, commented that the exhibition teaches people that the roots of violence and discrimination are the same.
Soka Gakkai youth produced the "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope" in 2005 in support of the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education. The exhibition takes up contemporary human rights issues and possible solutions with a focus on women, children, minorities, conflict and terrorism, poverty and human rights protection under international law.
[Adapted from articles in the September 30 and October 27, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]