During the last three months of the year (1997), HURIGHTS OSAKA held its regular seminar for the general public. The seminar dealt with the situation of indigenous peoples in Asia-Pacific. Issues of the indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, the Taiwanese aborigines, and the West Papuans were discussed. The seminar, composed of a series of meetings, ended with a public symposium on the theme 'Recovering the Rights of the Ainu'.
The third booklet of HURIGHTS OSAKA (in Japanese language) came out in December with a focus on the rights of the indigenous people. Another publication on human rights and culture also came out in December. This publication is the compilation of all the papers under the regional human rights education program research project.