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Posted on 2001-11-22
Rights: Asian Human Rights Commission
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ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTER Declaration in Kwangju (Gwangju), South Korea
Date : 2008-10-24     Hit : 3687



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International Conference to Commemorate Kwangju Uprising and to Declare Asian Human Rights Charter - A People’s Charter
14 - 18 May, 1998

After three years of preparation and discussion, with over 200 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and thousands of experts and activists having taken part, the final version of the ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTER - a people’s charter on human rights - has completed. The document will be formally declared on 17 May 1998 in the city of Kwangju in south Korea at a meeting to be jointly organised by the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong and the Kwangju Citizens’ Solidarity on 14-18 May.

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTER comes as a vital necessity in the background of Asia parting from the 20th century and entering into the 21st century. The occasion also marks the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the commemoration of the Kwangju Massacre.

The Charter is an affirmation of the desire and aspirations of the people of Asia to live in peace and dignity as they have suffered from gross violations of rights and freedoms for long. The Asian struggle for rights and freedoms, the Charter states, has deep historical roots, in the fight against oppression in civil society and the political oppression of colonialism, and subsequently for the establishment or restoration of democracy. As today large sections of the Asian people continue to be exploited and oppressed, and many of their societies are torn apart by hatred and intolerance, the Asians are increasingly determined to secure peace and justice for themselves and the coming generations through the struggle for human rights and freedoms. The reaffirmation of rights is necessary now more than ever before, the Charter says.

 
Importance of Kwangju as the Venue for this Event


It is quite clear that the Kwangju Massacre and the response of the Kwangju people as well as the south Koreans to this event is a landmark in the development of human rights movement in Asia. The prosecution of two former presidents, Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo, who had played vital roles in this massacre, is one of the most unique achievements in the Asian context for the vindication of the rights of people and the affirmation of the sacredness of life. Furthermore, keeping of the memory of the victims of this massacre is also quite unique. This whole experience has taught many valuable lessons to the human rights movement in Asia.
 
Kwangju stands symbolic of the world we want to part from and the world we wish to have in future. The Kwangju Massacre stands symbolic on the failure of almost all the Asian countries to develop meaningful democracy during the 20th century. However, the determination of those who faced the massacre and gave their lives and the determination of the people of the Kwangju city to defend the honour of those who died and to keep the flame of solidarity alive and further the continuous influence of the Kwangju Massacre in the political life of south Korea as a whole is symbolic of the aspirations of the people to part from repression and militarism and to seek an altered world where human life is respected. The spirit of the ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTER too is the same for all the people of Asia. In this sense having the declaration of the Charter in Kwangju has a very comprehensive meaning.
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