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World Human Rights Cities Forum
World Human Rights Cities Forum
The World Human Rights Cities Forum (Forum or WHRCF hereafter) is held as an annual event in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, to realize the vision of becoming a human rights city since 2011. The Forum has become a gathering place to share the spirit of justice and community, the same values under which the citizens of Gwangju resisted against the ruthless oppression of the then military regime in May 1980. Within the WHRCF participants exchange experiences on challenges and achieved successes on human rights especially at local level while expanding their own scope of understanding. Now, the Forum has become a major human rights event and distinctive platform for sharing and networking amongst human rights cities, human rights organizations, activists, and miscellaneous stakeholders in the area of human rights.
Vision and Strategy
The Spread of Human Rights Cities through Sharing and Solidarity
  • Collaboration with
    International HR Organizations
    · Establishing partnerships with international organizations such as OHCHR, UNESCO, and UCLG
    · Discussing on Human Rights Council Resolution 39/7 ‘Local Governments and Human Rights’
    · Organizing a regular session with international Human Rights organizations
    · Sharing and discussing international Human Rights City issues
  • Exchanges and the Spread of
    Human Rights Cities
    · Implementing a project to foster expansion of Human Rights Cities at home and abroad
    · Discovering and promoting projects suggested in the UN Human Rights Council Resolutions on ‘Local Governments and Human Rights’
    · Establishing Human Rights Cities Networks
    · Sharing Human Rights policies among Human Rights City
  • Policy Research and Education
    of Human Rights Cities
    · Joint research of Human Rights and paper sessions
    · Establishment and management of an International Human Rights Training Center
    · Joint development and management of Human Rights education programs
    · Building DB based on Human Rights Cities policies
  • WHRCF LOGO
    The logo represents the WHRCF as a hub of networking and international discourse on human rights and the human rights cities movement where the local governments, civil society organizations, activists, and miscellaneous stakeholders in the areas of human rights exchange experiences on challenges and achieved successes on human rights. The logo symbolizes diversity and harmony through the representative colors of each session held during the forum.
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WHRCF Committee
Organizing Committee
Title Name Position
ChairpersonLEE Yong-supMayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City
MemberKIM Yong-jipDirector of Gwangju Metropolitan Council
MemberJANG Hui-gukSuperintendent of Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education
MemberKANG Hyeon-suPresident of Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
MemberKIM Gwang-hunExecutive Director of Gwangju Conference of Religions for Peace
MemberKIM Kwi-baeAssistant Secretary-General of Bureau of Sciences &Culture, Korean National Commission for UNESCO
MemberKIM Min SeokExecutive Director of Gwangju Human Rights Peace Foundation
MemberKIM Jeong-gilExecutive Adviser of Southern Community on June 15th Joint Declaration (Gwangju)
MemberKIM Hyung-wanGeneral Director of Korea Human Rights Policy Institute
MemberPARK Jae-youngDirector of Gwangju Jeonnam Research Institute
MemberPARK Jae-manExecutive Director of Gwangju Civic Council
MemberPARK Jae-shinExecutive Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency
MemberHong Jin-taeChief Director of Gwangju International Center
MemberAN SeongryeChief Director of MYEONG No-geun Foundation
MemberJEONG Dong-nyeonChief Director of 5.18 Memorial Foundation
MemberYOON Yeo-cheolInternational Relations Ambassador of Gwangju Metropolitan City
MemberHEO Wan JungDirector of the Center for Public Interest & Human Rights Law, Chonnam National University
MemberKWARK LaurenceSecretary General of Global Social Economy Forum
MemberLEE Soo-yeonDirector of Gwangju Regional Human Rights Office, National Human Rights Commission of Korea
MemberLEE AnselmoAdjunct Professor of Kyunghee University
Planning Committee
Title Name Position
ChairpersonKIM Jung-supProfessor Emeritus of Department of Sociology, Gyeongsang National University
MemberKWARK LaurenceSecretary General of Global Social Economy Forum
MemberLEE Soo-yeonDirector of Gwangju Regional Human Rights Office, National Human Rights Commission of Korea
MemberLEE AnselmoAdjunct Professor of Kyunghee University
MemberKIM Jung-supProfessor Emeritus of Department of Sociology, Gyeongsang National University
MemberYUN Ok-heeDirector of Gwangju Multicultural Family Support Center 1577-1366
MemberKIM Gyeong-eunLawyer (Gwangju Human Rights Promotion Citizen Committee Member )
MemberKIM Ji-wonHead of Management Innovation Division, Gwangju Cultural Foundation
MemberPARK Tae-gyuDirector of Munsan Village Community
MemberSOH Chang-rokMember of UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
MemberSHIN Gang-hyeopDirector of Jeju Peace Human Rights Institute
MemberSHIN Hyung-sikAdjunct Professor of Pukyoung National University
MemberKIM Kwang-ranCouncilor of Gwangju Metropolitan Council
MemberKIM Gi-gonDirector of Society & Environment Research, Gwangju Jeonnam Research Institute
MemberLee Myung-soonDirector of Democracy&Citizen, Gwangju Metropolitan City
MemberSHIN Gyong-guDirector of Gwangju International Center
MemberYUN Hui-cheolSecretary General of Gwangju Council for Sustainable Development
MemberJEON JinheeResearch Director of Institute of Human Rights & Humanities, Ulsan Metropolitan City
International Advisory Committee
Title Name Position
Co-ChairpersonMorten KjaerumDirector of Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, Sweden
Co-ChairpersonShin Gyong-guDirector of the Gwangju International Center
MemberAmanda MartinezCoordinator of UCLG-CISDPHR
MemberAngela MeloDirector of Policies and Programmes, UNESCO
MemberBahram GhaziHR Officer of Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section, OHCHR
MemberRio HadaTeam Leader of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, OHCHR
MemberBernadia TjndradewiSecretary General, United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific
MemberCamara Houel FatouCoordinator of LDCs/SIDs Trust Fund, UN OHCHR
MemberYOON Yeo-cheolInternational Relations Ambassador of Gwangju
MemberShams AsadiHead of the Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna, Austria
MemberHans SakkersHead of the Department of European and International Affairs, the City of Utrecht, the Netherlands
MemberMugiyantoHuman Rights Advisor of Executive Office of the Republic of Indonesia President, Indonesia
MemberLorena ZaratePresident of Habitat International Coalition
MemberMartina MittenhuberHead of the Human Rights Office of the City of Nuremberg, Germany
MemberFrederique HanotierDirector of the Human Rights Cities Network
WHRCF Secretariat
Position Name Job Function Contact
DirectorKIM TaehyeongOverall PIC of World Human Rights Cities Forumth@gic.or.kr
CoordinatorHAN YoungleeInvitation‧Cooperationyoung@gic.or.kr
CoordinatorKIM SoheeInvitation‧Cooperationsohee@gic.or.kr
CoordinatorMilosavljevic JanaInvitation‧Oversea Cooperation‧Tourjana@gic.or.kr
CoordinatorPARK Hyo-eunAdministration‧Accounting·Overseas Cooperationhyoeun@gic.or.kr
CoordinatorKO JeehyunPromotion‧Material Productionko@gic.or.kr
CoordinatorSON SaeromEvent Operationsaerom@gic.or.kr
CoordinatorAKHMETZHANOVA GaukharEvent Operationharu@gic.or.kr
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