The World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF) has been held annually in order to implement the vision of a human rights city as articulated in the Gwangju Declaration on Human Rights Cities, adopted in WHRCF 2011. The forum upholds and further develops the spirit of the May 18 Democratization Movement along with the value of the Asian Human Rights Charter declared in Gwangju in 1998.
The 7th WHRCF will be held in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, from 14 to 17 September in 2017, under the theme of Do we live in peace? We consider that Peace is a fundamental, crucial condition buttressing human rights and democracy, and a significant value to be implemented through human rights and democracy at this time of conflict heightened by domestic and international violence and rising income gaps. We are expecting participation of officials from human rights cities, human rights organizations including UN, experts, NGO and citizens in our endeavor of finding ways to live in peace.
WHRCF 2017 comprises sessions that will explore the means to proliferate participatory democracy and civil autonomy as a practical mechanism of human rights protection while discussing the cases of grass roots movements in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It will organize a human rights cities policy session specialized in Sweden, nine thematic sessions in gender, disability, migrants/refugees, village communities among others. The Asian Human Rights Cities session is ready for networking with Asian cities. We also organize a preparation session for the 20th anniversary of the Asia Human Rights Charter.
I hereby cordially invite you to participate in WHRCF 2017 and share your valuable experiences and expertise with us on peace in human rights cities while expanding networks with like-minded local government officials, experts and activists from around the world.
With best regards,
YOON Jang-hyun, Ph.D. Mayor
14-17 Sept. (Thu-Sun) 2017
Kimdaejung Convention Center
Do we live in peace?
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