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Protecting the Rights of the Earthquake Disaster Victims

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 The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 caused enormous damage and took away many lives. Moreover, the nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima continues to threaten many people's health and lives. Our thoughts and sympathies are with those who are still suffering from the consequences of this tragedy, and those who lost their friends and family members.

Right after the disaster, Human Rights Now launched a project on the human rights situation of
earthquake,Tsunami and nuclear disaster related victims.
Our efforts include investigation of the human rights situations, publishing statements and 
reports, policy proposal based in international human rights standards, organizing seminars 
and briefing sessions with United Nations human rights experts.
Beginning in June 2011, Human Rights Now also provided legal aid services in Iwate and
Fukushima prefectures. Your kind support is appreciated to continue our work to ensure 
that the rights of the victims are protected.
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Our work regarding the situation after Fukushima, please see


Policy Proposal

2011/04/05 [Statement] Protection of fundamental human rights of people affected by the recent natural disaster in Japan


2011/05/09 [Statement] The protection of and future decisions on the children who have lost their parents in the earthquake


2011/05/22 [Statement] Regarding the establishment of evacuation centres with due consideration of the various needs of residents, including those of women


2011/05/31 [Statement] Proposal regarding affected people's right to housing and adequate livelihood support


2011/09/13 [Statement] Statement concerning the support of people moved to temporary housings




2011/06/18 [Media] Improving the situation of women affected by the recent natural disaster in Japan


2011/06/21 [Media] Kazuko Ito, Secretary General of Human Rights Now, appeared in Shinano-Mainichi Newspaper


2012/08/21 [Media] Human Rights Situation after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Power Plant Accident in Japan




2011/07/05 [Event] Documents on the UN Training Seminars on 22nd and 23nd July are now available online



2012/08/16 [Report] Human Rights Now Visits Temporary Housing Area for Earthquake Victims


Communication to the UN human rights mechanism

 2011/07/26 Human Rights Violation after Fukushima disaster and Great East Japan Earthquake~ Request of a Country Visit to Japan by UN Special Rapporteurs

2012/04/28 [Report] HRN submitted the UPR stakeholder report


2012/04/28 [Report] HRN submitted the counter report to the Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance to the committee's review on the report from Japan