Who we are
Who we are
Discussions within the United Nations in the early 1980s about the possibility of establishing a regional human rights mechanism in the Asia-Pacific triggered the appeal by the late Yo Kobota, a Japanese United Nations officer, for the creation of an institution that would contribute to the realization of this regional human rights arrangement. He sought Japan’s role in promoting human rights in the region by setting up a Human Rights Information Center in Asia. He proposed to set up the institution on the “... strengths of the people and the local governing bodies.” The civil society movement in Osaka, in response to this call, appealed to the Osaka city and prefectural governments to help establish such a Human Rights Information Center. After a decade of preparation by both the civil society movement and the local governments in Osaka, the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center was inaugurated on 17 December 1994. It was given the short name “HURIGHTS OSAKA.” Since then, HURIGHTS OSAKA has been undertaking different initiatives on the promotion of human rights in Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with local, national, regional and international institutions. In 2009, HURIGHTS OSAKA obtained a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. In 2012, HURIGHTS OSAKA became a general foundation under Japanese law.
HURIGHTS OSAKA aims
- To engender popular understanding in Osaka of the international human rights standards?
- To support international exchange between Osaka and countries in Asia-Pacific through collection and dissemination of information and materials on human rights
- To promote human rights in Asia-Pacific in cooperation with national and regional institutions as well as the United Nations.