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May 26, 2013 - Peace Boat participates in the UN Human Rights Council discussions on the Right to Health in relation to Fukushima
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Anand Grover visited Japan in November 2012 to to investigate the physical and mental health situation in relation to the March 11 disaster, and particularly the situation in Fukushima. This report is to be announced at the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council taking place from May 27 at the Unitenations in Geneva. The preliminary report is available online here.

Peace Boat, who also supported the Special Rapporteur's visit to Japan in 2012, is attending the HRC to observe the discussions, present a civil society response, and participate in related side events organised by the NGO Human Rights Now, who also coordinated Mr Anand's visit to Japan. Together with Peace Boat staff members is Idogawa Katsutaka, former Mayor of Futaba Town in Fukushima, who has been travelling onboard the Peace Boat's current 79th Global Voyage as it travels throughout Europe.

The oral statement made by Peace Boat International Coordinator Meredith Joyce as part of the Interactive Debate on May 28 can be viewed and downloaded online here.

For more about the May 28 Side Event, "Experts call for immediate action to protect the right to health of women, children and others affected by the nuclear accident in Fukushima," see the Human Rights Now homepage here.
Documents for download
Peace Boat Oral Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Fukushima at the UN Human Rights Council