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Published on Jul 29, 2014

"Global Health and Environment in the Post-2015 Agenda: Lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident"

Kazuko Ito, Esq., / Secretary General of Human Rights Now
HD, 19 min 01 sec, in English

Ms. Ito's Powerpoint slides are available here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iseh7ddja7...

2014, March 10, Monday, 4:30PM to 6PM
at the Armenia Convention Center, NYC

Human Rights Now, Physicians for Social Responsibility & Women in Europe for a Common Future present:

What: Almost three years have passed since March 11, 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami caused structural damage to the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in a massive leakage of radioactive materials into the environment. Today, the TEPCO still does not know how to stop the ongoing radioactive leaks from its facilities. Residents are entitled to live in a safe and healthy environment, however, sufficient protective measures and supports are not provided in contaminated areas, and the rights to access to medical treatment and to know about one’s own body have been seriously denied.

Similar nuclear disasters could happen again so long as we have nuclear power plants, nuclear facilities and nuclear weapons. The Fukushima nuclear accident teaches us that nuclear energy is not sustainable, and that such a disaster cannot respect the environment or the right to health of the most vulnerable. Furthermore, we have learned that contamination from a nuclear disaster can affect beyond national borders, yet we do not have an international framework on the accountability of private companies, which are responsible for nuclear accidents. The international community also needs to continue to discuss the possible long-term health risks associated with low dose radiation exposure, and implement an effective international coordination and response system, to minimize the consequences of nuclear accidents.

A human rights expert from Japan, an environmental and women’s activist from Europe, and a physician/health expert on radiation and nuclear related issues from the U.S. will speak about how to protect environment and health of women and girls from radiation exposure, and the importance of implementing lessons learnt from the Fukushima nuclear accident in a discussion on global health and environment as part of the Post-2015 Agenda.

Kazuko Ito, Esq., Secretary General of Human Rights Now (HRN), a Japan based international human rights NGO with ECOSOC status. She also serves as a member of the UN Women Regional Civil Society Advisory Group (Asia Pacific), and past chair of the Gender Equality Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. As a part of the HRN activity, she recently participated in fact-finding missions to Fukushima in December 2013 and February 2014. She played an important role in coordinating meetings of Mr. Anand Grover (UN Special Rapporteur on right to health) with Japanese civil societies and evacuees affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident, during Mr. Grover's visit to Japan in November 2012.

CO-SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS:

HUMAN RIGHTS NOW: Human Rights Now (HRN), an international NGO in consultative status with the ECOSOC, is based in Tokyo with several hundreds of members composed of lawyers, scholars, journalists and concerned citizens. 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 a Special Rapporteur to investigate the human rights situation after the disaster. In response to the request, Mr. Anand Grover, the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, visited Japan in November 2012. In December 2012, HRN submitted a joint statement, endorsed by more than 70 civil societies in Japan and worldwide, urging the IAEA and the Japanese government to take a rights-based approach in response to the nuclear disaster based on the preliminary findings and recommendations issued by Mr. Grover in November. To raise awareness of the situation in Fukushima after the nuclear accident, HRN NY has organized human rights seminars and a press conference to inform the international community about the ongoing crisis. (http://hrn.or.jp/eng/)

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