カテゴリー別アーカイブ: statements

We denounce the arrests and detentions of participants in excessively policed demonstrations.

(日本語版はこちらです)
July 9, 2008

Network of Lawyers Observing Human Rights Around the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit (WATCH)

The “7-5 Challenge the G8 Summit Peace Walk for 10,000” was held on July 5 in the city of Sapporo, and in sharp contrast with the peaceful demonstration itself, a markedly excessive and aggressive police presence constituted a flagrant violation of human rights. All along the walk’s route, plainclothes police security officers recorded and took pictures of demonstrators with cameras, and fully armed riot units stood in formation along both sides of the march to prevent average citizens from being able to view the demonstration.

Furthermore, in addition to pounding on a sound truck’s glass window with batons, police dragged the man sitting in the driver’s seat out of the vehicle and took him and a total of four individuals (one of whom is a reporter) to jail for interfering with official police duties or violating traffic laws.

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【声明】デモに対する過剰規制及び参加者の逮捕・勾留に抗議します

(English version is available here)
2008年7月9日
サミット人権監視弁護士ネットワーク(WATCH)

7月5日、札幌市内において「7・5チャレンジ・ザ・G8サミット——1万人のピースウォーク」が開催されましたが、これに対する警察の規制は極めて過 剰で、デモが平穏に行われていたことに対比して、著しく人権を侵害する態様のものでした。沿道は、デモ参加者をカメラで撮影・記録する私服の公安刑事で埋 め尽され、また、デモの両サイドは、一般の市民がデモを見ることを阻止するような形で、完全装備の機動隊によって包囲されました。
しかも、警察官は、サウンドカーの窓ガラスを警棒で叩き割った上で、運転席にいた男性をひきずり出して逮捕するなど、合計4名(うち、1名は記者)を、公務執行妨害や道路交通法違反などを理由として逮捕勾留しました。
このうち、記者であった1名は7月8日に釈放されましたが、検察官はそれ以外の3名につき、不当にも札幌地方裁判所に勾留請求し、8日に裁判所により3名に対する勾留決定がなされています。

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Peace Boat statement on disarmament

(日本語版はこちらです)

Talking about disarmament is all well and good…

But first disarm yourselves!

1.The G8 Summit statement issued on 8 July on “political issues” addressed the issue of nuclear disarmament – an outcome that has not been seen in any recent G8 Summits, and which we praise. Particularly important are the clear commitments to “strengthening… multilateral non-proliferation and disarmament instruments” and working to “achieve a successful outcome of the 2010 NPT Review Conference,” and we call for sincere action towards these outcomes.

2.While this statement “welcomes” efforts of the G8 nuclear-weapon States in their reductions, at the same time it also calls for all nuclear-weapon States to make “transparent reductions”. This is almost as if the G8 countries are fulfilling their responsibilities, yet the non-G8 countries are not transparent – a statement with serious political connotations and lacking balance.

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Peace Boat & Greenpeace Japan Joint Statement

(日本語版はこちらです)

Toyako, July 8, 2008

Countries with nuclear industries are promoting nuclear exports in the name of a response to global warming. They are providing support for and putting in place systems to facilitate nuclear exports. In these countries construction of new nuclear power plants is in decline, due to such factors as public opposition and cost. Despite these circumstances, several G8 countries, including Japan, are promoting nuclear power. Stated another way, the reason why these countries want to export nuclear plants is because it is difficult for them to build new plants in their own countries.

On July 8, heads of the G8 governments released a Summit Document entitled “Environment and Climate Change”. The document says, “We witness that a growing number of countries have expressed their interests in nuclear power programs as a means to addressing climate change and energy security concerns. These countries regard nuclear power as an essential instrument in reducing dependence on fossil fuels and hence greenhouse gas emissions.” The document continues, “safeguards (nuclear nonproliferation), nuclear safety and nuclear security (3S) are fundamental principles for the peaceful use of nuclear energy” and states that “an international initiative proposed by Japan on 3S-based nuclear energy infrastructure will be launched.”
However, after over fifty years of using nuclear power (euphemistically referred to as “peaceful use” or “civilian use”), the governments and nuclear industries of those countries with nuclear power plants have so far failed to fulfill these 3S principles.

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原子力・不拡散に関する記者会見 / Press Con: Nuclear Power and Non-Proliferation

原子力・不拡散に関する記者会見
Press Con: Nuclear Power and Non-Proliferation

3S原子力基盤整備イニシアティブをめぐって
Re: the Initiative on 3-S Based Nuclear Energy Infrastructure

2008年7月8日(火) 20:30~
NGO記者会見室にて
8 July 2008 (Tues), 20:30, NGO Press Briefing Room

発言 Speakers

川崎哲 / Kawasaki Akira
ピースボート共同代表 / Peace Boat Executive Committee
2008年G8サミットNGOフォーラム人権・平和ユニット・リーダー
2008 G8 NGO Forum Peace and Human Rights Unit Leader

鈴木真奈美 / Suzuki Manami
グリーンピース・ジャパン / Greenpeace Japan
連絡先 / Contacts
 川崎哲/Kawasaki Akira, 090-8310-5370, kawasaki[a]peaceboat.gr.jp
 メリ・ジョイス/Meri Joyce, 080-3457-9714, meri[a]peaceboat.gr.jp

US-India Nuclear Agreement – Still a Bad Deal: Global Network of NGOs Urge International Community to Oppose

(日本語はこの下の記事をご覧ください)

Media Release
July 7, 2008

US-India Nuclear Agreement – Still a Bad Deal:
Global Network of NGOs Urge International Community to Oppose

The US-India Deal Working Group of Abolition 2000, a global network of over 2000 organizations in more than 90 countries working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons, says that pressure to rush a decision on the US-India Nuclear Agreement must be resisted.

The organizations are calling upon key governments “to play an active role in supporting measures that would ensure this controversial proposal does not: further undermine the nuclear safeguards system and efforts to prevent the proliferation of technologies that may be used to produce nuclear bomb material,” or “in any way contribute to the expansion of India’s nuclear arsenal.”

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米印原子力協定の危険性: 国際NGOネットワークが国際社会に対して警告

(See following post for English version)

記者発表
2008
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米印原子力協定の危険性
国際NGOネットワークが国際社会に対して警告

核兵器禁止条約を求める世界90カ国2000団体以上からなるNGOネットワーク「アボリション2000」の米印協定作業グループは、米印原子力協定に関する性急な決定は避けなければならないと表明している。

これらNGOは、主要国政府に対して、「賛否の分かれるこの提案が核の保障措置制度をこれ以上害することがないようにするための措置をとり、また、核兵器の原料を作りうる技術の拡散を止めるための努力を積極的に行う」よう求め、さもなくば「インドの核軍備の増強を助長してしまうことになる」と警告した。

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