Ms. Kazuko Kawai, Founder of Voices for Lively Spring
HD, 30 min 26 sec, in English with Japanese subtitles
~How to protect the right to health and life of citizens from radiological contamination after the nuclear accident in Fukushima?~
WHAT: A Japan-based human rights organization and a grass-root organization will speak about how the lives and health of local citizens were affected by the nuclear accident in Fukushima. They will discuss current issues and concerns regarding the healthcare system as well as health exams that are provided to children in affected areas, and how civil societies could support and protect right to health and life of citizens from radiological contamination after a nuclear disaster. A Q&A session will follow after presentations.
WHERE: Bahai International Community United Nations Office
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120, New York, NY 10017
WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2012, 12-2PM
WHO: Ms. Kazko Kawai, Voices for Lively Spring, Japan; Mari Inoue, Esq., Human Rights Now.
BACKGROUND: After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in March 2011, local communities in Japan continue to be exposed to radioactivity. Many citizens still live in areas where the radiation level is dangerously high. The Japanese government continues to keep its citizens in harms’ way by applying a 20mSv per year standard to establish evacuation zone. There are serious concerns on children’s health in affected areas. However, sufficient health investigation or health exams are not conducted in contaminated areas, and the right of access to medical treatment as well as the right to know about one’s own body has been seriously denied.
HUMAN RIGHTS NOW: Human Rights Now (HRN) is an international NGO with consultative status with the ECOSOC, and is based in Tokyo with more than 700 members, composed of lawyers, scholars and journalists. HRN dedicates itself to the protection and promotion of human rights. In July 2011, on behalf of a coalition of civil society groups in Japan, Human Rights Now requested the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for Special Rapporteurs to investigate human rights situations after the disaster. In response to the request, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to the highest attainable standard of health (right to health) will be on a country mission to Japan from 15 to 26 November 2012. To raise awareness of the situation in Fukushima after the nuclear accident, HRN NY organized a human rights forum, seminars and press conference to inform the international community about the ongoing crisis. Our goal is to advocate for the protection of local citizens in underrepresented communities in Japan. (hrn.or.jp/eng/activity/area/japan/protecting-the-rights-of-the-earthquake-disaster-victims/)
IN COOPERATION WITH:
VOICES FOR LIVELY SPRING: Founded in December 2011, Voices for Lively Spring is a Japanese advocacy group for safe environment, working to save lives of Japanese people in the post-Fukushima era. It hosts seminars by renown scientists and journalists in cities in Japan, and sends instructors to local study groups to teach radiation protection seminars in Shizuoka Prefecture. In August 2012, the organization sponsored health forums on effects associated with radiological contamination, and hosted health consultations in five cities across Japan with local Japanese medical doctors in cooperation with medical doctors representing the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and the German affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
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