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NGO Report on the Sixth Periodic Report of the Japanese Government under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – List of Issues raised by the NGO Task Force

This report presents a list of issues and questions raised by Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan for the Japanese government. Indeed, the 109th session of the Human Rights Committee on the Sixth periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights took place between October 14th, 2013 and November 1st, 2013 in Geneva. This NGO report was issued by Center for Prisoners Rights Japan in August 2013.

Full report available here(English / PDF)


NGO Report on the Sixth Periodic Report of the Japanese Government under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – List of Issues raised by the NGO Task Force

Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan, a member of the CAT Network Japan, has participated into the redaction of this Report which is an answer to the Japanese Government official report to the Committee Against Torture at the occasion of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment that took place in Geneva on May 21 and 22, 2013.

CAT Network Alternative Report available here (English / PDF)

FIDH Joint report on Death Penalty in Japan available here (English / PDF)


Universal Periodic Review (UPR)to the United Nations Human Rights Council

The UPR on Japan state of affairs regarding Human Rights took place on March 14, 2013, in Geneva, at the United Nations Human Rights Council. At this occasion, Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan and FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) addressed the issues of Death Penalty and the Criminal Justice system in Japan.

The content of the speech is displayed here (English)

FIDH Joint report on Death Penalty in Japan available here (English)


At the occasion of the UPR that took place at the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 10, 2012, Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan and FIDH issued the following report on the state of Death Penalty and Prison in Japan.

Full report available here (English / PDF)


NGO Report on the Fifth Periodic Report of the Japanese Government under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

At the occasion of the conference related to civil and political rights protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that took place in Geneva on November 15 and 16, 2008, Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan issued a report in response to the Periodic Report of the Japanese Government.

Summary report available here (English / PDF)

Full report available here (English / PDF)


NGO Report on the First Periodic Report of the Japanese Government to the Committee Against Torture

Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan, as a member of the CAT Network Japan, has participated into the redaction of this Alternative Report which is an answer to the Japanese Government official report to the Committee Against Torture at the occasion of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment that took place in Geneva on May 9-10, 2007.

Table of contents here (English / PDF)

Full text of the alternative NGO Report here(English / PDF)

Supplementary Information here(English / PDF)


NGO Report on the Fourth Periodic Report of the Japanese Government under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The conference on the Fourth periodic report of the Japanese Government under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) took place at the United Nations European Headquarters on October 28 and 29, 1998. The ICCPR was created to observe the implementation of the Human Rights protected by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and to make sure it is given a legal binding for in every country. These rights are divided between civil and political rights.

Paragraph 40 of the ICCPR says that States signatories of the Treaty have to submit a report every 5 years on the measures they have adopted to embody Civil and Political Rights of the ICCPR. Last year, the Japanese Government submitted its fourth periodic report. At the occasion of this report, local NGOs were invited to submit an alternative report stating their opinion on the State of affairs of Human Rights in their country. Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan submitted the following report last autumn. Finally, Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan report replies to the Human Rights Committee provisions one by one.

Full text available here(English / PDF)



Statements

Statement on the execution ordered by Minister of Justice Sadakazu Tanigaki (December 12,2013)

Ryoji Kagayama, age 63, at Osaka Detention Center and Mitsuo Fujishima, age 55, at Tokyo Detention Center were executed on December 12,2013. This is the fourth execution under the government led by Liberal Democratic Party which came back to the power in last December, and today’s execution has brought this year’s total number of executions, all of which were authorized by Minister Tanigaki, to eight, while the number of executions in 2012 was seven.The Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan strongly condemns this execution.

Full statement available here (English / PDF)


CPR and FIDH Joint Statement on Death Penalty in Japan (October 29,2013)

In an official joint statement on October 29th, 2013 of Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan and FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), both NGOs observe that the Japanese Government has so far failed to implement UN recommendations on death penalty.

Full statement available here (English / PDF)


Statement on the execution ordered by Minister of Justice Sadakazu Tanigaki (September 12, 2013)

The execution of Tokuhisa Kumagai, age 73, took place after Tokyo was selected as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan strongly condemns this execution which goes against the goal of Olympism which is to promote a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

Full statement available here (English / PDF)


Statement on the execution ordered by Minister of Justice Sadakazu Tanigaki (April 26, 2013)

The execution of two inmates, Katsuji Hamasaki and Yoshihide Miyagi was the second execution under the LDP government. Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan will continue to struggle to achieve a moratorium on executions and ultimately the abolition of the death penalty, especially considering how hard it is for death row inmates to challenge the legitimacy of their execution.

Full statement available here (English / PDF)


Statement on the execution ordered by Minister of Justice Sadakazu Tanigaki (February 21, 2013)

Three inmates, Masahiro Kanagawa, Keiki Kanoh and Kaoru Kobayashi were executed in February. This was the first execution after the LDP regained power in 2012. Despite the Minister of Justice attitude in favor of retention of death penalty, Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan denounces the lack of cautiousness in today’s executions. Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan strongly asks to the Japanese government to take action and starts a national debate on death penalty.

Full statement available here (English / PDF)


Letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Human Rights Violations in Burma (August 29, 2011)

Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan sent a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the current situation of Human Rights in Burma. Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan is especially concerned about the severe Human Rights violations occurring in Burman prisons and enjoins the Minister to publicly support the call for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry in Burma.

Letter available here (English / PDF)


Statement on the execution of a Japanese citizen by China (April 6, 2010)

China executed Mitsunobu Akano, a Japanese citizen, who had been convicted of drug-smuggling. Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan strongly condemns this execution which violates the right to a fair trial guaranteed by article 14 of the ICCPR as well as the Covenant recommendation to limit death penalty to the “most serious crimes”. Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan will continue to advocate for the universal abolition of death penalty.

Full statement available here (English / PDF)


Statement on the imminent execution of Japanese citizens by China (April 4, 2010)

China informed Japan of the scheduled execution of three of its citizens in a few days. Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan strongly denounces not only these acts of killing committed by China that breach the ICCPR, but also the lack of action from the Japanese government whose Foreign Affairs Minister, Katsuya Okada, did not ask China to stop the executions.

Full statement available here (English / PDF)



 

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