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Peace and Human Rights - Message from Osaka
- Joint Project of Osaka International Peace Center, Osaka Human Rights Museum and Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center -

   The three institutions - Osaka International Peace Center, Osaka Human Rights Museum and Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center- are advanced institutions that were established to provide information on the pursuit of peace and respect for human rights. We have been actively developing various activities to raise awareness on peace and human rights. Moreover, this year is the fifty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues was also held here in Osaka in August this year. On this occasion, we three institutions decided to carry out the first joint project to appeal anew for the importance of peace and human rights. For this project, conducted under the theme, "Peace and Human Rights - Message from Osaka," we held a one-day bus tour as well as a lecture related to the United Nations Conference. Through this event, we hope to send out a message from Osaka to the rest of the country, of our wish that this century be a Century of Peace and Human Rights. Using the opportunity at the lecture, the three organizations issued a Joint Appeal on "Peace and Human Rights - Message from Osaka." The content of the Appeal is as follows.

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Peace and Human Rights -Message from Osaka-
Joint Appeal, August 17, 2003

   In order to create a large flow of respect for human rights, and to realize world peace, it is important for each of us living on the earth to take interest in various issues in human rights and peace, and to make an effort to solve the problems.
   PEACE OSAKA passes on the memory of the misery of war and appeals for peace; LIBERTY OSAKA contributes to the spread of human rights thoughts and the development of a rich culture of humanity; HURIGHTS OSAKA contributes to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Asia-Pacific region. We three institutions develop various activities based on each of our principles.
   There are still threats against human rights and peace, such as the killings and massive human rights violations by war and regional conflicts in various parts of the world, including Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq. There are also threats against human rights and peace such as the development and build-up of weapons of mass destruction, which goes against the disarmament trends.
   Meanwhile, in Japan, there are many unsolved problems such as the Buraku issue and discrimination against women, persons with disabilities and children. Moreover, recently, many Japanese people are concerned about the "abduction" of persons, which is a serious violation of human rights.
   The foundation of peace is built on accepting various differences in race, nationality, gender, religion and thoughts/faith and on developing bonds of friendship.
   This year is the fifty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. This summer the United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues is held here in Osaka. To commemorate these events, we three institutions together under the theme, "Peace and Human Rights - Message from Osaka," held a one-day bus tour "KI-TE-MI-TE" on August 8th, and the lecture today on "Arms Reduction and Human Security -Abolishment of Nuclear Weapons and the Rights to Live in Peace."
   Taking this opportunity, we call upon you to proceed together, to realize a world of peace in which everyone's human rights are respected, so that this century will be truly a Century of Peace and Human Rights.

Osaka International Peace Center (PEACE OSAKA)
Osaka Human Rights Museum (LIBERTY OSAKA)
Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (HURIGHTS OSAKA)


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