The Asian Symposium on Human Rights Education

Human Rights: The Road to Reform

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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 2014 Asian Symposium on Human Rights Education, which will precede the 69th 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 2014 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 2014 Symposium Proceedings (ISSN 2188-4013).

We invite proposals that consider the following themes,

Abduction and Detention

Arms Control

Arts and Cultural Life


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