A Report From the 2018 Ikeda Forum

IF 2018 participants

When people talk about the attributes of cultures of peace, they often invoke frameworks of social justice, equity, pluralism, and human rights. This latter category is usually discussed in terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The declaration has proven especially useful for peace builders of all kinds in that its thirty articles, which clearly and specifically define the rights of all humans, help us avoid the pitfall of becoming overly abstract in our approach to the topic. All this great information notwithstanding, many socially engaged individuals have found that they still don’t have a good sense for how the average person might engage with human rights as they go about their everyday affairs. The Ikeda Center’s 14th annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, held November 30, 2018, was designed to begin to answer this question.

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