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Jan 24, 2014 - Press Release: January 25 Human Rights Appeal
Numerous human rights issues, such as discrimination, chauvinism exist in Japan. However, last year, the Japanese government made a cabinet decision that Japan had no obligation to adhere to the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolutions.
We have launched this campaign to Call for the implementation of UN Human Rights Resolutions in order to raise awareness about this issue and to put pressure on the Japanese government.
We will hold an assembly and demonstration in order to appeal to more people.

Contact: Nohira Shinsaku (090-6015-6820)
"Call for the implementation of UN Human Rights Resolutions" Executive Committee

Call for the implementation of UN Human Rights Resolutions
Dignity and Rights for all People - Assembly and Demonstration

Date: January 25 2014 (Saturday)
Assembly: 13:30~
Demonstration: 15:30~

Venue: Yoyogi Park Outdoor Stage, Google Map
3 minutes walk from JR Harajuku / Tokyo Metro Yoyogi-Koen stations

  • Live Music: Wataru Oguma and Jintaramuta
  • Speakers include
  • Nishino Rumiko VAWW-RAC Ippei Torii Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan (SMJ) Kaido Yuichi Lawyer Imamura Noboru Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International Kudo Haruko Rainbow Action

Participants will march in groups according to different issues such as:
Rights for minority groups (Ainu, Okinawa, Disabled, Sexual Minorities, Migrant Workers etc); Historical Recognition ("Comfort Women" issue etc); Children's Rights (Textbook issues etc), Discrimination / human rights (Special Secrecy Law, Hate Speech etc); Nuclear Power Issues (Rights of Evacuees, Rights of Nuclear Power Plant Workers etc).

Call for the implementation of UN Human Rights Resolutions
January 25 Assembly and Demonstration

The Japanese government responds to calls to resolve the "comfort women" issue by saying that they were "prostitutes", or that it was no coercion. The government ignores the voices of the people of Okinawa that oppose the building of new military bases or the deployment of Osprey, saying that "deterrent is necessary". When mothers of Fukushima ask for their children to be evacuated, the government accuses them of obstructing the restoration of the disaster hit area or spreading harmful rumours. Requests for education at "Chosen Gakko" High Schools (schools for ethnic Koreans in Japan, run by Chongryon) to be made available for free as other schools are rejected because "North Korea conducted nuclear tests". Furthermore the government rebuked criticism of the Special Secrecy Law.

The Japanese government claims that Japan is one of the most advanced countries in regards to human rights. However serious human rights violations and discrimination are publicly permitted, and many people are suffering as a result. The victims of the Japanese imperial army's sexual slavery system, the people of Okinawa, the victims of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, Koreans in Japan, people with disabilities, Ainu people, sexual minorities, people from discriminated communities, children, refugees, migrant workers, women. Yet appeals against these injustices and calls for the protection of human rights are met by thoughtless jeers or even ignored. Why? Because much of this discrimination and these human rights abuses are institutionalised and committed by the government itself.

However, these abuses are not going unseen by the international community. Numerous United Nations organisations and institutions, such as the Human Rights Council, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination again Women etc have recognised that these human rights abuses are happening in Japan and have repeatedly called on the Japanese government to investigate these abuses, to revise the system and protect the rights of victims. While the Japanese government has accepted some of these, it has ignored and refused to address the majority of these issues.

As a result human rights abuses in Japan are on the increase and "Hate Speech" is rife. We must do something about this. The Abe Government is fueling tension between Japan and neighboring countries, and encouraging nationalism. One can only think that he is trying to change Japan into a country that goes to war. War is the ultimate violation of human rights.

We want this country to be a country that gains the respect of other countries and people all over the world, not a country that goes to war. In order to do this we need to eliminate institutionalised violence and discrimination, and change Japan into a country where human rights are protected and people can live in dignity. By participating in this assembly and demonstration today, we express out intent to fight for the implementation of UN Human Rights Resolutions.

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