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2013 Gwangju Asia Forum (GAF)
Date : 2013-05-07     Hit : 2894
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General Information

 

‘2013 GWANGJU ASIA FORUM

Civil Society’s Engagement in Human Rightsand Democracy

 

15th -18thMay

 

Background

The first May event was held in 1999 as a joint gathering of organizationssupporting victims of national violence in Asia. The meeting continued to growin scale until in 2010 and it was renamed Gwangju Asia Forum. The Forumincluded not only victims’ support organizations but also human rights experts,pro-democracy activists, academics from relevant fields and other movementrepresentatives from across Asia. The May event has become a valuableopportunity for activists to exchange and network with one another in workshopsrelating to peace, human rights and democracy.

 

Objectives

2013 Gwangju Asia Forum aims to functionas a meaningful international platform for civil society activists who dealwith critical social issues in Asia. By addressing the role of civil society inthe context of existing democracy and human rights agenda and by pursuingcollaborative resolutions to tackle the problems degrading democracy and humanrights in the region, GAF hopes to contribute itself to leading a sustainablechange for the better future in the World. In 2013, GAF strives to develop anetwork among experts who are working for psychological treatment and traumarehabilitation for human rights victims through theInternational Conference on State Violence and Trauma and make truthfulhistory education strategies for peace building in East Asia through the 12thHistorical Perception and East Asia Peace Forum inGwangju.

 

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Workshops

SDMAWorkshop JudicialWatch Workshop for Asian Civil Societies / Korean, English

Date: 16 May 2013

Venue: KDJ Center 203, 204

Organizer: Solidarity for Democracy Movements in Asia(SDMA)*

□ Judicial Watch Workshop for Asian CivilSocieties is a follow-up of the last year’s regional workshop on JudicialWatch: Review of Verdict by Asian civil Society. In order to share the realityof Asian jurisdictionin details, The 6 countries select 10 worst verdicts which harmdemocracy and infringe human rights for the last 5 years. At the same time,each country selects and submits around 3 best verdicts which have improvedhuman rights and democracy in the country. After each country presents thecases of their own country, participants will vote for the worst verdicts inAsia.

 

SDMAWorkshop Monitoring and Assessing Democracies in Asia · Rightto Participate in Public Affairs: Advancing Human Rights through Elections andElected Representatives / Korean, English

Date: 17 May 2013

Venue: KDJ Center 203, 204

Organizer: Solidarity for Democracy Movements in Asia(SDMA)

Session one is to recap and update of SDMA’s democracyassessment project in 2011-2013. Presentations will be made on the democracyassessment framework, as well as the country reports that have been preparedbased on the framework. This session aims to solicit final comments fromparticipants before its adoption, finalization, and subsequent publication.

Session2 to 3 is an initial exercise in addressing the role of elections and electedrepresentatives in advancing human rights. It tackles the two key questionsabove as a starting point in addressing the broader topic of advancing humanrights through elections and elected representatives.

*Solidarity for Democracy Movements in Asia (SDMA) was launched at the 2010Gwangju Asia Forum with the aim of working for the improvement of Asian humanrights and democracy through regional cooperation and working in solidarity.SDMA puts emphasis on democratization movements and struggles fordemocratization in different Asian countries. At present FORUM-ASIA (Regional),IDSPS, Imparsial (Indonesia), IID (Philippines), Odhikar (Bangladesh), PSPD andthe May 18 Memorial Foundation (Korea Republic) are the SDMA memberorganizations.

 

 

International Conference on State Violenceand Trauma / Korean, English

Date: 16-17 May 2013

Venue: KDJ Center Convention HallConvention Hall 1 (4F)

Organizers: Gwangju Trauma Center, The May 18Memorial Foundation

□ Theme: State Violence and Trauma in theGlobal Context

- Presentation 1: State Violence in Korean society and the implications ofthe establishment of treatment center

- Presentation 2: National responsibility in the treatment of trauma inthe global context

- Trauma of survivors from Korean state violence and the representation oftrauma treatment

 

The 12th Historical Perception and East Asia Peace Forum in Gwangju / Korean, Chinese,Japanese

Date: 16-19 May 2013

Venue: KDJ Center 206, 207

Organizers: AsiaPeace and History Education Network and Asia Peace and History Institute (inKorea), Social Science Research Center and Modern History ResearchInstitute·Social Sciences Academic Press·Human Right Fund Association (inChina), History Perception and East Asia Peace Forum Executive Committee (inJapan)

As an extension of Tokyo Forum in 2012, this forum is to analyze the effectof East Asian power reorganization on this region, to share the present statesof people's perception of recent sharply-opposing territorial problems in eachcountry as well as the related education for students and to introduce civilmovements for peace in each East Asian country.

  16th (13:00~17:00): Historical and Cultural Visitto areas in Jeonnam Province, Korean, Chinese and Japanese RepresentativesConference

  17th (09:00~17:00)

      Session 1: Korean, Chinese, Japanese and AmericanPower Reorganization and East Asia

       ‐ Session 2: East Asian Territorial Problems andHistorical Perception

  18th (09:00~13:00)

        ‐ Session 3: Civil Movements Making Peace in EastAsia

 ․ 19th (09:00~13:00, Subcommittee Activities)

     ‐ Korea, China and Japan Teachers' Peace Forum(Limited Participants)

 

ü  Under topics about recent marine territory problemssharply conflictory in a governmental level of Korea, China and Japan andeducation   about peace, presentations will be made about class cases in eachcountry.

ü  Special Presentation: A presentation will be madeabout how to practice history class under a topic of 5.18 in Jeonnam region.

ü  Korea-Japan Strategy Conference in preparation forJapanese middle school textbook selection in 2015

Conference for Korea-China-Japan Common HistoryText (Limited participants)

ü  Evaluation, Retrospection and Future PlanDiscussion for Korea-China-Japan Joint Teaching Materials

Historical-site Visit: Pilgrimage to 5.18 HistoricalSites (14:00~18:00)

 

The East Asia Democracy, Human Rights andPeace Network Annual Meeting / Korean, Chinese, Japanese

Date: 17 May 2013

Venue: KDJ Center 205

Organizer: The May 18 MemorialFoundation

□ In 2012 the May 18 Memorial Foundation andother 8 human rights and memorial organizations in Korea, Japan and Taiwanconcluded an MOU on mutual cooperation and launched the East Asia Democracy,Human Rights and Peace network. This year, the network will discuss on how tobring about mutual prosperity by consolidating network each other as well asprepare for a draft of Gwangju Declaration of Peace in Korean Peninsula 2013.

 

- Korea Republic: Korea Democracy Foundation,Jeju April 3 Peace Foundation, Busan Democratic Movement Memorial Association,No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation, The May 18 Memorial Foundation

- Japan: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum,Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

- Taiwan: Memorial Foundation of 228, GreenIsland Human Rights Memorial Park, Preparatory Office of the National HumanRights Museum

 

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