Human Rights Now to hold side event of the UN Human Rights Council session on Fukushima accident

On May 27, 2013, the UN special rapporteur Anand Grover on the rights to health will submit his mission's report on Fukushima to the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council. Human Rights Now will organize a side event at the UN in Geneva. Mr. Grover visited Japan in November in 2012 to assess the impact of Fukushima nuclear accidents on the population in terms of the rights of health. 


NGO Human Rights Now is to hold a side event on May 28 and experts including Mr. Idokawa, former Mayor of Futaba town, Fukushima prefecture, and Mr. Iwata, founder of Citizens Radiation Measurement Stations (CRMS) will discuss the current situations and issues in Fukushima.

Video link from Independent WHO


Side event organized by Human Rights Now


May 28, Tuesday, 4:00AM to 6:00

at the Palais des Nations Room XXVII


Co-sponsored by Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

And the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism




WHAT:  Since the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, individuals and communities in Japan continue to be exposed to dangerous levels of radioactivity. There are serious concerns about consequent health effects for pregnant women, mothers, children and others in contaminated areas.

Residents have a right to live in a safe and healthy environment, however, sufficient protective measures and support are not being provided. The right to access medical treatment and the medical data about one's own body are being seriously denied.


In November 2012, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health Mr. Anand Grover visited Japan and conducted a thorough investigation of the situation of affected people. In May 2013, he will submit the mission's report to the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council.


This side event provides an opportunity to learn from the Special Rapporteur's findings and recommendations on how the international framework of the rights to health should be implemented in Fukushima as well as other nuclear disasters.


A human rights expert from Japan, residents and civil society groups in Fukushima will speak about how the lives and health of local women, children and others in the Fukushima area are being affected after the disaster and what should be done to provide immediate relief.


Q&A session will follow the presentations.


WHO:  Speakers (this event is held in English and Japanese)


Mr. Anand Grover - UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the

enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health


Ms. Kazuko Ito - Secretary General, Human Rights Now


Mr. Katsutaka Idogawa - Former Mayor of Futaba Town, Fukushima Prefecture


Mr. Wataru Iwata - Founder Citizens' Radiation Measurement Stations (CRMS)


Ms. Atsuko Morinaga- President, Shinshu 3.11 Network


Medical expert  (TBA)


Admission is free.


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Information from Human Rights Now Japan



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