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As you know well, the 21st century is said to be the “century for human rights”. Since the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” that proclaimed at the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948, Japan has done diverse measures to solve several kinds of human rights’ problems. By the way, this declaration proclaimed that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.
However, when we survey our present society, even now we can unfortunately see various human rights infringements occurring. Furthermore, in these days, many slanderous and calumnious put out toward a particular individual or organization. For that reason, activities to eliminate discrimination and prejudice are necessary for the present day as well as for the future.
In this summer, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which had been postponed due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection, will be held with full satisfaction. In the Olympic Charter which was set by the International Olympic Committee, discrimination of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political and other opinion, property, birth or other status, are not accepted in confirming with the “Fundamental Principles of Olympism”.
Thus the social environment surrounding us is changing, but in this situation, our foundation also put various projects to solve several kinds of human rights’ problems in accordance with the establishment aims of us that “The Tokyo Metropolitan Human Right Centre has to conduct education, public awareness, and protection of human rights apart from the Dowa Problem, and to raise the awareness of Tokyoites toward human rights problems”. To be concrete, we are implementing the series lectures for the person in charge of human rights of municipalities or small and medium sized enterprises in Tokyo, to publish a public relations magazine named “Tokyo Jinken”, to dispatch lecturers to in-house trainings sponsored by the same enterprises, to study programs on human rights for elementary schools children and lower secondary schools pupils, to consult with persons on human rights’ problems, to exhibit various kinds of displays concerning about human rights’ problems including special planning projects, to open lectures on human rights’ problems for Tokyoites and so on. In particular, at the end of last year, the‟Tokyo Human Rights Plaza” was changed to a “participatory, hands- on, and invention-type” facility starting from people with disabilities. In addition, we have embarked on online seminars and exhibitions without succumbing to the “Corona Wreck”, and we are also focusing on public relations such as providing information via the internet and creating new human rights enlightenment posters.
As a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, and on points of view of “legally impartial” and “respects the individual”, we will put up together to create a bright society without discrimination or prejudice without overlooking all kinds of human rights’ problems.
Tokyo Metropolitan Human Rights Promotion Center