Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fukushima Refugee Testifies at UN, Asks for Support



Not too long ago Greenpeace reported that the Japanese government has agreed to adhere to UN recommendations regarding Fukushima refugees:
Greenpeace (2018/03/08) Japanese government accepts United Nations Fukushima recommendations - current policies now must change to stop violation of evacuee human right. Available, http://www.greenpeace.org/japan/ja/news/press/2018/pr20180308/ 
The time line on that agreement is vague as are the policy implications. The Greenpeace article expressed cautious optimism.

In the face of uncertainty, Fukushima evacuees have petitioned the UN for support:
Fukushima evacuee asks for support at UN (2018, march 19). NHK https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180320_06/ 
A Japanese woman who evacuated Fukushima after the 2011 nuclear accident has called for international support at the United Nations Human Rights Council.  Akiko Morimatsu delivered a speech at the Council in Geneva on Monday. She moved to Osaka with her 2 children after the accident.  Morimatsu criticized the Japanese government for focusing only on policies that encourage former residents to return to the affected areas.
See also:
Kazue Suzuki, Greenpeace Japan, addressing UN Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Japan, Geneva 19th March 2018

Ignoring the UN recommendation is not acceptable -- Fukushima mother tells Human Rights Council 
Geneva, March 19 2018 - The Japanese government must immediately take measures to fully implement the Fukushima recommendations accepted today at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), an evacuee mother from the nuclear disaster and Greenpeace told the UN session. Recommendations made by member states, if implemented, would dramatically improve the lives of tens of thousands of evacuees, including restoring the rights of self evacuees and reducing the radiation exposure of Fukushima citizens to the international recommended maximum.[1]
I've been publishing and blogging about significant challenges facing Fukushima's radiation refugees.

The UN needs to take a strong stand supporting the rights to be free from excess radiation risks posed by nuclear accidents such as Fukushima.

Please see these posts for more background:

Majia's Blog: Japan's Children and the Fukushima Legacy
majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/japans-children-and-fukushima-legacy.html

Feb 12, 2013 - Evidence of the Fukushima children's ongoing internal contamination is perhaps the greatest tragedy of this disaster. Activists had called for evacuations of children and pregnant women in the first months of the disaster because of their special susceptibilities.[i] Yet, evacuation orders were not timely and ...
Majia's Blog: Radiation Refugees and the De-Valuing of Life
majiasblog.blogspot.com/2018/03/radiation-refugees-and-de-valuing-of.html

Mar 6, 2018 - The Channel News Asia article also addresses ongoing contamination of the Pacific Ocean, which I've discussed frequently at this blog (most recently here: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2018/03/fukushima-daiichis-ongoing-assault.html). Japan's former prime minister is quoted as saying he is confident ...





1 comment:

  1. Is playin with the magic rocks, technology for scientic adbancement? No it is an evolutionary dead end. It is failed technology because, it is not cost efficient, there is no safe way to operate it, no safe way to dispose of waste.
    It is delusional technology that was justified as a complement and, catalyst for more suicidal nuclear weapons.

    Are war and nuclear weapons and, energy true motivations for Scientific advancement, as we have had hammered into our head, through imperial propaganda since birth ?

    No, improvement in hygiene and sanitation did the most to increase our lifespans and make our lifestyles, more conducive to learning about and using and developing rational science.
    It was an achievement born of common sense and deduction.
    War, on the other hand, contributes to a reduction of the human lifespan in a myriad of explicit and inyerconnected ways. It is fostered, by anger, aggression and greed. Modern warfare is born of irrational aggression and expoitation in the modern context. It has progressed, out of control, to a very irrational, mindless end. This end is becoming apparent especcially in the lose-lose psychosis of nuclear war and its complementary evolution of the bogus nuclear energy paradigm.

    The japanese are no longwr of the illusion, that they are contaiming technology. They are in desperate deathroes of a countryal most completely covered and contaminated by the worst toxins possible.
    Japan is becoming more progressively irrational and dangerous to themselves and those around them as the political, cultural, societal, environmental, economic, and biological ramifications grow worse.

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