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The Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (HURIGHTS OSAKA) is now accepting entries for the "HURIGHTS OSAKA Award 2005".

Entries from the Asia-Pacific region are welcomed. The deadline for submission of entries is 20 August 2005.

Three outstanding entries will be selected for the Award. Each awardee will receive an award certificate and 200,000 Japanese Yen in a ceremony in Osaka in September 2005.


Entries must be original and creative materials and programs for teaching and learning international human rights standards. They may deal with rights of children, women, people with disabilities, minorities, etc.; right to development, sustainable development, or human security. There is no specification on type of materials and programs or their form. They may be training manuals, lesson plans, workbooks, etc. They may be in the form of printed (or published) material, CD, powerpoint, calendars, other audio-visuals, etc.

In selecting the awardees for the Award 2004, importance was placed on the level of teaching/learning function of the entries. Activity reports and translations of United Nations and other documents may be valuable material in themselves, but will have lower priority for the purpose of this Award. The teaching/learning materials can be for school education (primary, secondary or tertiary) as well as for adult, home or community education. Another important factor will be the integration of two aspects; raising the children's and adults' sensitivity regarding human rights, and understanding human rights issues in the contemporary world.

The material may also be in any language. However, for materials or programs in languages other than Japanese or English please attach a description/commentary in English.

The materials/programs must have been produced from January 2003, regardless of whether they have been published or marketed. Materials/programs received for the 2004 Award cannot be resubmitted for the 2005 Award.


Any individual, group or organization from the Asia-Pacific region (including Japan) may apply till 20 August 2005.

To submit entries, please send the materials/programs with completed application form. The application form is available in HURIGHTS OSAKA website.

Please send entries to:

  HURIGHTS OSAKA Award 2005 for Human Rights Education
  Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center
  1-2-1-1500 Bentencho, Minato-ku Osaka 552-0007

Selection of award winners

A Selection Jury is composed of the following:

  1. Jung Kang-Ja - Senior Commissioner, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea
  2. Sachio Hata (Chair) - Professor, School of Policy, Kwansei Gakuin University; General Manager, InterMedium Institute Graduate School
  3. Ritsue Hata - Editor, Osaka Office, Mainichi Shimbun
  4. Khanittha Matsuo - Program Staff, FM CO-COLO; Lecturer, Kyoto Seika University
  5. Yolanda Alfaro Tsuda - Associate Professor, Department of English, Kobe College
  6. Kinhide Mushakoji - Chairperson, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center; President, International Movement against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)
  7. Yoshio Kawashima - Director, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center; President, Senri Kinran College.

The award winners will be announced in September 2005. Award winners will be directly notified.

For more information contact: Minoru Maegawa, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center
tel: 81-6-6577-3578, fax: 81-6-6577-3583, e-mail: