The forthcoming 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides an occasion to take stock of the state of human rights in this region of the Asia-Pacific. Coinciding with this anniversary is the on-going UN Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004) which calls for concrete actions at the national and regional levels to assure that human rights education plays a role in realizing human rights and preventing the occurrence of violations. In light of this, it is an opportune time to gather people from Asia- Pacific and other regions of the world working with peopleO~s organizations, non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, regional offices of the UN and its specialized agencies to have a critical review of the steps taken to make the Universal Declaration of Human Rights meaningful to the people of the Asia-Pacific region through human rights education. A conference will thus be held on November 25-27, 1998 in Osaka, Japan through the joint efforts of the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center, the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism-Japan Committee, the Osaka Liaison Committee for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Osaka Prefectural and City Governments.
This conference has the following objectives:
The conference will be attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations, United Nations specialized agencies including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and local governments in Japan.
The conference will have plenary sessions for the presentation of the state of implementation of the UN Decade in the Asia-Pacific, and the future tasks in promoting human rights education in the region. Small discussion sessions on specific issues on human rights education will also be held. The small discussion sessions will take up the following issues:
Additional activities consist of community dialogues and workshops on various issues such as:
Those interested may apply with the conference secretariat: Secretariat of the Osaka Organizing Committee for the International Conference on Human Rights Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, c/o HURIGHTS OSAKA 1-2-1-1500 Benten Minato-ku, Osaka 552-0007, Japan Tel: +81-6-568-0930 Fax: +81-6-577-3583 E-mail