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November 19, 2011

Spanish Edition of Pérez Esquivel-Ikeda Dialogue Published in Argentina

The World is Yours to Change

La Fuerza de la Esperanza (The Power of Hope), a dialogue between Argentine Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Daisaku Ikeda

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: On November 19, 2011, publisher Emecé Editores organized a book launch for a Spanish edition of Jinken no seiki e no messeiji (tentative translation: A Message to the Century of Human Rights), a dialogue between Argentine Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Daisaku Ikeda. In their dialogue, titled in Spanish La Fuerza de la Esperanza (tentative translation: The Power of Hope), the authors share insights and personal experiences on a wide range of topics from fostering young people and women's rights to sustaining the spirit of nonviolence and advancing peace.

Dr. Pérez Esquivel was the keynote speaker at the book launch, held at the SGI-Argentina Buenos Aires Culture Center. Emecé Editores Director Alberto Díaz and Professor Héctor Chyrikins of the University of Buenos Aires were also present at the event. In his speech, Dr. Pérez Esquivel explained that the publication of the dialogue, which took 14 years to complete and was conducted through written correspondence, was "not a goal but the start" of his work to promote human rights and peace. "Global peace cannot be achieved in a single generation," he said. "Dr. Ikeda and I accepted the challenge [of completing the dialogue] in hopes of passing on the baton of peace to young people . . . The real battle begins from now."

Trained as a sculptor and architect, Dr. Pérez Esquivel is the founder of Servicio Paz y Justicia en América Latina (SERPAJ-AL) (Latin American Peace and Justice Foundation) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his human rights advocacy and activism. He was imprisoned in Argentina for 14 months during which time he was tortured for his nonviolent opposition to the military dictatorship in Argentina. He first met Mr. Ikeda in Tokyo in December 1995 and the two agreed to collaborate on a dialogue.

[Adapted from an article in the November 25, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]