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On February 15, some 3,200 Brazil SGI (BSGI) members gathered to celebrate the anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s historic third visit to Brazil in 1984 by holding a Culture Festival and General Meeting at Brasilia Théatre Pedro Calmon and, on February 16, a commemorative gongyo meeting attended by over 3,000 people was held at the BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. SGI President Ikeda sent messages to both events.
On February 14, marking the 30th anniversary of its founding by Mr. Ikeda during his 1984 visit, the BSGI Student Division held a conference on human security and the dignity of life at the Senate Auditorium Petrônio Portela in Brasilia. The conference brought together some 320 student division members from across Brazil. SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba also attended.
Keynote speakers included José Gregori, president of the Human Rights Commission at the University of São Paulo, who stated that acting on the principles of human rights in daily life is a constant challenge; Sergio Duarte, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, who stressed that the abolition of nuclear weapons is pivotal to human security; and Maria de Salette Silva, UNICEF Brazil Education Chief, who highlighted that protecting the rights of children is the first step towards addressing the inequalities in access to education in Brazil.
A video about human rights and education was also screened, and then Student Division representatives proposed seven action points towards the establishment of human dignity as the basis of society.
Adapted from an article in the February 16, 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of the Seikyo Shimbun.
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