The Center for Human Rights Affairs (English version)

Greeting

In its preamble, the Constitution of UNESCO states: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” Without doubt, this is one of the most widely used quotations to underline the paramount importance of education if we are to eliminate wars and build peace around the world.

The same is true for human rights. Thus, we may also state: “Since discrimination begins in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of human rights must be constructed.”

In the United Nations, people often talk about “mainstreaming human rights.” This represents the idea that human rights should not be an issue considered only by experts and specialist departments, but must be understood and promoted by all departments and offices.

On 1 April 2006, I was privileged to become Director of the Center for Human Rights Affairs, succeeding Mr. Shigeki Miyazaki, who contributed to the sound management and development of the Center over a long period of time. Through the activities of the Center, I will do my best toward constructing the defenses of human rights in the minds of all people. We look forward to your continued support and cooperation.

April 2006

Yozo Yokota
Director
Center for Human Rights Affairs