United Nations Special Rapporteur Anand Grover will visit Japan from November 15 -26 2012. The UN Human Rights Council is sending Mr. Grover to investigate what has been going on in Japan since the 3-11 disaster. The investigation was quoted as this:
“I will examine the interlinks between the right to health of the affected people and the actions taken in emergency response, recovery and mitigation following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents,”
“I express solidarity with the Japanese people, who faced the unprecedented triple-tragedy of the most powerful earthquake that ever to have hit the country, consequent tsunami and the nuclear accident”
to “contribute to the nation’s collective reflection and post-recovery debate into the lessons learned from the disaster response and challenges ahead of the nation.”
“As a neutral party to that healthy debate, I will be listening to all stakeholders’ views and present my independent observations on what went well and what could be improved in the realization of the right to health of affected populations,”
Anyone who has been following the aftermath in Japan has seen the many ways people’s rights have been violated. The lack of information so people could make their own safety decisions, being forced to live in contaminated areas and the effort to deny people access to medical testing or care related to radiation exposure have all caused great distress and worry for those in Japan.
Read more about the UN investigation here.
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