The Second Asian Symposium on Human Rights Education – SHARE 2015: 2nd to 4th August 2015 Hiroshima, Japan

SHARE 2015 will precede the 70th Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony

SHARE 2015 includes guided tours of Hiroshima’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and Miyajima

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Deadline for Proposals: Friday, May 8, 2015

Now Accepting Submissions

The Second Asian Symposium on Human Rights Education — August 2-4, 2015  »

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was established by the United Nations in 1948 to forge a new direction for humanity in which the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all human beings are confirmed and guaranteed. The human rights landscape today, with its ever-changing peaks and valleys, has made some noteworthy advances in promoting greater access to human rights on a global scale; however, they cannot overshadow the existing violations against humanity that are aggravated through the discrimination and marginalization of peoples.

Human rights, which are deeply intertwined with a nation’s social, political, and economic rights, are critical to a nation’s wellbeing and global peace. Unfortunately, the problems facing them today are widespread and complex, challenging customs and prejudices that are deeply ingrained in the social fabric of a society. At the forefront in the battle for equality today are women, indigenous people, and minorities, to name a few. In many parts of the world, their rights and path to self-determination are obstructed by systematic discrimination and inequality, resulting in varying degrees of abuse, violence, inadequate wages, forced labor, suppression of speech, and overall disempowerment. Moreover, their situation is exacerbated by a legal system that opposes them or by their governments’ inability to protect and promote their rights.

Hiroshima, Japan, the City of Peace, is proud to host the 2015 Asian Symposium on Human Rights Education, which will precede the 70th Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony.

The three-day symposium in August will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, human rights advocates, students and professionals. With the theme Human Rights: The Road to Reform, the conference will promote a greater understanding and access to human rights and help to equalize the process of globalization.

SHARE 2015 is an international, peer-reviewed symposium. Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the SHARE 2015 Symposium Proceedings (ISSN 2188-4013).

We invite proposals that consider the following themes,

  • Abduction and Detention
  • Arms Control
  • Arts and Cultural Life
  • Censorship
  • Children and Youth
  • Civil Rights
  • Colonialism / Post-colonialism
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Disability Rights
  • Documenting Human Rights Abuses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elderly and Aging
  • Employment and the Workplace
  • Environmental Rights
  • Families / Marriage and Parenting
  • Forced Disappearance
  • Forced Labor and Slavery
  • Forced Marriage
  • Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Gender Studies (Women, Men, LGBT)
  • Human Rights Education
  • Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery
  • Immigration and Migrant Rights
  • Imprisonment and Torture
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Injustice and Inequality
  • International Justice
  • Law and Compliance
  • Life, Liberty and Personal Security
  • MDGs (poverty, universal education, etc.)
  • Organ Trafficking
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy of Human Rights
  • Political Rights
  • Privacy and Disclosure
  • Refugees and Diaspora Issues
  • Religious Freedom
  • Social Justice
  • Social Security
  • Other Areas (please specify)


SHARE 2015 is pleased to introduce the following featured presenters:

Featured Documentary Screening of Beneath the Blindfold

BeneaththeBlindfold Ines Sommer – Co-Director, Co-Producer, Cinematographer (left)Kathy Berger – Co-Director, Co-Producer (right)

Filmmakers Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer collaborated on organizing community-based film screenings for years, before deciding to embark on co-directing “Beneath the Blindfold.”  They hope that their documentary helps to change the way we talk about torture in the U.S.


Presentation Title: Beneath the Blindfold

Beneath the Blindfold (55 min.), is a breakthrough human rights documentary about the aftermath of torture. The film interweaves the personal stories of four torture survivors who now reside in the U.S., but originally hail from different parts of the globe: South and Central America, Africa, and the U.S.

Kathy Berger was trained as an attorney and is an award-winning filmmaker and curator of film series and festivals. She is also the co-founder of Percolator Films, a non-profit media arts organization that produces and presents independent films that challenge, entertain, intrigue, engage, and inspire – in short, films that provoke thought and discussion. She believes in the power of film to educate and engage audiences in dialogue regarding contemporary social and political issues. Kathy co-directed The Garifuna Journey, an anthropological documentary that was instrumental in gaining United Nations recognition through an “Intangible Heritage of Humanity Award” for the Garifuna community.

Atomic Bombing Survivor: Mr. Isao Aratani

Isao Aratani Mr. Isao Aratani, an A-Bomb survivor, will discuss his life and the horrific events he witnessed on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was subjected to the world’s first atomic bombing.


Isao Aratani was born in Hiroshima in 1931. He was exposed to the bombing at the East Drill Ground, 2.2 km from the hypocenter when he was a second-year student at Second Hiroshima Prefectural Hiroshima Junior High School. After graduating from university, he began working as a chemist at a paint company. For much of his life, Mr. Aratani has never told his story; however, after moving back to Hiroshima at the age of 69, he decided to share his story in the hopes that future generations will learn the horror of wars and embrace peace for eternity.

SHARE 2015 Organizing Committee

Takayuki Yamada

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada is a co-founder of the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. PRESDA is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 2010 by members of Rotary International to raise awareness in the realm of sustainable development and human rights and thereby increase the quality of life for the global community. He also serves on the Rotary Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013, he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr Yamada was appointed to head the Rotary International Youth Exchange Programme in Japan.


Pierre de Vos

Pierre de Vos Pierre de Vos has a BComm (Law), LLB, LLM (cum laude) (Stellenbosch); LLM (Columbia, NY); LLD (Western Cape). He holds the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, where he lectures on constitutional law. Prior to joining Cape Town University he lectured and held a Professorship at the University of the Western Cape. He is Chairperson of the Board of the Aids Legal Network, and is a Board member of the Triangle Project. Author and co-author of numerous articles for academic publications, and recent editor of a major South African Constitutional law textbook, Pierre also writes regularly, from a constitutional law perspective, for his widely read and quoted blog which addresses social and political issues.


Henry Wang

Dr Henry Yuan Fu Wang Dr. Henry Yuan-Fu Wang is a well-respected physician, philanthropist, humanitarian and Rotarian. He holds an M.D. in western medicine from Chung Shan Medical University, as well as an M.D. in traditional Chinese medicine from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. His practical medical experience includes serving as a visiting physician at the Department of Internal Medicine at the Tainan Municipal Hospital as well as working at and owning the private practices Wang Yuan-Fu Medical Clinic and Evergreen Medical Clinic. Currently, he is a physician at Chen-Hsing Clinic in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Apart from his medical duties, Dr. Wang is passionately involved with Rotary International. He served as the 2011-2012 President of the Rotary Club of Pa-Te Yang Te, Taiwan. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Dr. Wang led several missions to Japan to assist with humanitarian efforts.


 William P. Kittredge

Dr Wiiiam P Kittredge Dr.  William P. Kittredge has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments. He received his Ph.D from the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration with a specialty in performance assessment and performance-budget linkage.






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