The fifth World Human Right Cities Forum is annually held by human rights activists and stakeholders engaged in building human rights cities, in order to implement the vision of a human rights city, as articulated in the Gwangju Declaration on Human Rights City adopted on May 17, 2011 at the first WHRCF. It is co-organized by the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights together with Gwangju Metropolitan City (South Korea), the Gwangju International Center and the Korea Human Rights Foundation.

The Forum, to be held during May 15-18, 2015 at the Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, the Republic of Korea, under the theme of “Towards a Global Alliance of Human Rights Cities for All, Part 2” will become a platform for the human rights cities to enhance the human rights of citizens through participation and sharing beyond the traditional level of resistance to the authoritarianism while including those who used to be marginalized.

More than 500 participants from Korea and abroad, mainly representatives from “human rights cities,” including members of the UCLG-CISDP and UCLG-ASPAC, human rights NGOs, grassroots community-based organizations, local parliamentarians and academics, as well as UN human rights experts, are expected to take part in the Forum.

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