2021-06-11

UN Commissioner wants to visit Japan to investigate asylum in Fukushima nuclear accident, Japan refuses to reply

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China News Service, June 11, according to Kyodo News on the 10th, Cecilia, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation of Internally Displaced Persons, has requested three visits to Japan since 2018 in order to conduct an investigation of refugees from the Fukushima nuclear accident. , But the Japanese government never responded. The Japanese side made an unacceptable judgment on the two requests, but did not notify Cecilia.

UN Commissioner wants to visit Japan to investigate asylum in Fukushima nuclear accident, Japan refuses to reply

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According to reports, Cecilia said in an interview with Kyodo News: “No response has been received. In order to further reflect the opinions of asylum seekers in the (Japanese government) policy, it is necessary to conduct an inquiry survey. .”

The Japanese government announced at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011 that, in principle, it would accept special rapporteurs for visits at any time. According to reports, Japan’s unexplained disapproval of the visit may be subject to international criticism.

Cecilia is a lawyer from the Philippines. In 2016, she was appointed as the rapporteur responsible for the human rights situation of internally displaced persons. In order to investigate the living conditions of the refugees in the nuclear accident, she requested to visit Japan in August 2018. Although I had verbally discussed the visit to Japan with the Japanese government authorities, but did not receive a reply, he made another request in January 2020. There was no reply this time. The request was made for the third time on June 3, 2021.

The Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan stated that the first request was “uncoordinated and failed to be achieved”, the second request was because the new crown epidemic was “difficult to accept”, and the third request will probably be the same response. . The class did not contact Cecilia because of her obligation to not respond.

Sanae Fujita, a researcher at the Human Rights Center of the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, pointed out: “The special rapporteur set up by the Japanese government to eliminate discrimination against leprosy patients also visited Japan under the new crown epidemic. Foreign affairs officials and others held talks. Rapporteurs who are good for the government are accepted, and those who are unfavorable are ignored. Obviously a double standard.”