Do we live in peace?
Human Rights Cities, Democracy and Practice
14 – 17 September, 2017
Gwangju Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea
First, sharing the experiences of South Korea’s candlelight revolution Hong Kong’s umbrella movement and Taiwan’s sunflower student movement will provide impetus for participants to explore implementable measures to expand and strengthen participatory democracy and civil autonomy as a practical mechanism of guarantee human rights.
Second, following results and discussions from the 2016 WHRCF, held under the theme of “Building Human Habitat Friendly Cities: Urban Development, Housing, and Environment,” in an attempt to seek a human rights-based approach to the right to the city at the level of regional communities, implementable measures will be discussed to overcome social conflicts arising in various areas of a human rights city and to build a tolerant city. The 2017 Gwangju Forum will accordingly add village communities as one of the thematic sessions, in order to discuss issues of civil autonomy in the place of our daily life.
Third, the Asia Local Democracy and Human Rights Cities Network (Asia LDC Net) was established primarily by civil society organizations from the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea, who participated in the 2016 WHRCF. By adding the Asia LDC Net Session, the 2017 Gwangju Forum is eyeing to become representative for Asia forum offering opportunities for representatives of likeminded Asian cities to freely share and discuss human rights policies and systems.
Fourth, a new session was added in the 2016 WHRCF for local government officials and human rights citizen committee members of Korea. It will be expanded to share experiences of participants while main-streaming and implementing human rights policies at the local government level.
Fifth, in preparation of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the declaration of Asia Human Rights Charter in Gwangju in 2018, the significance of the Asian Human Rights Charter will be reviewed, while attempting to discuss the necessity and direction of human rights protection mechanism in Asian areas as in American and European countries.