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Gwangju Declaration on Human Right City 中 ('2011 World Human Right Cities Forum' Adoption)
  1. 'Human rights city’ was defined as "both a local community and a socio-political process in a local context where human rights play a key role as fundamental values and guiding principles."
  2. ‘Human rights city’ was understood as ‘human rights governance in a local context’ where local government, local parliament, civil society, private sector organizations and other stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life for all inhabitants in a spirit of partnership based on human rights standards and norms.
  3. The term ‘Human rights city’ also means, in practical terms, that all inhabitants, regardless of race, sex, color, nationality, ethnic background and social status, and in particular minorities and any other vulnerable groups who are socially vulnerable and marginalized, can participate fully in decision-making and policy-implementation processes that affect their lives in accordance with such human rights principles as non-discrimination, rule of law, participation, empowerment, transparency and accountability.

Human Rights City
  • The 'Human Rights City' is marked by its commitment to improve its resident's quality of life while simultaneously fostering mentalities of shared responsibility and mutual respect. A 'Human Rights City' upholds the principles of nondiscrimination, democracy, and participation regardless of race, sex, skin color, cultural backgrounds, or one's social occupation. Further, a 'Human Rights City' is a place where all of the minority classes of people can freely participate in any and all policy-making and policy-implentation processes which may affect their lives.

Developing the Human Rights City
  • The protection and promotion of human rights begin within the central government and expand outward to the provincial governments. Recently, provincial governments have become an impactful promoter of human rights even on the international stage.
  • As various levels of government perform their duty to protect and promote human rights, people around the world will be enabled to live their lives without any discrimination, as fully respected and valued human beings.

Fostering Human Rights City
  • International organizations such as the United Nations or UNESCO have reason to support the construction of global 'Human Rights Cities' in order to protect citizen's human rights and draw the world's attention to human rights issues.
  • Furthermore, in accordance with the United Nations' founding philosophy, many cities around the world may come closer to achieving broad-scale peace and protection of human rights by adopting the policies of a 'Human Rights City.'