Peace and Disarmament

Back to listDec 20, 2008

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a peace forum on December 20, 2008, at the Soka Gakkai Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, the UDHR represents the first global expression of universal human rights. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, took the lead in writing draft declaration.

081221wpc_forum.jpg Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee holds peace forum in Tokyo

At the forum, WPC member Mikiko Otani, an attorney and member of the International Human Rights Law Association, Japan, delivered a lecture. Ms. Otani introduced the spirit of the UDHR which advocates peace and respect for the dignity of life in the midst of confrontations among nations and ideologies. She stated that securing human rights is the first step in ensuring people's well-being and that the Soka Gakkai has been engaged in peace activities to protect human rights based on a profound understanding of the significance of the UDHR.

[Adapted from an article in the December 21, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]