Tokyo Two - statement of concern

Publication - 5 September, 2010
This is a joint statement of concern by International Non-Governmental Organisations, urging the Japanese government, as well as governments around the world to ensure that Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki are not unjustly and disproportionately punished for their peaceful, public-interest expose of corruption in the Japanese whaling programme.

We, the undersigned, fully support the following statement and urge the Japanese authorities and all concerned governments and decision makers to protect the rights to protest as outlined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:

The continued political prosecution of two peaceful protestors from Greenpeace in Japan is of grave concern.

The rights of individuals and organisations to freedom of expression, the ability to voice opposition to government policies, investigate corruption and expose environmental and human rights abuses must always be upheld. The United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention opined that Sato and Suzuki’s investigation was a legitimate public interest enquiry, their prosecution is politically motivated and their initial detention breached their human rights. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay also expressed concern about the case and the need to protect the ability for non-governmental organisations to investigate governments and corporations.

Despite this, the Prosecutor in Aomori District Court, where the case is being heard has demanded a jail sentence of one year and six months for both men.

The law cannot be used or abused as an instrument of oppression. Punishing dissent and peaceful protest through intimidation and detention without charge is unacceptable in the 21st century.

The willingness of Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki to cooperate with the police investigation into the manner in which they obtained the evidence of their allegations of large-scale corruption within the Japanese government-sponsored Southern Ocean whaling programme must be recognised. It is these allegations that require further investigation.

Please ensure Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki are not unjustly punished, and provide Greenpeace Japan and all other Non-governmental organisations working in Japan with the rights guaranteed under international law to organize and to protest peacefully.

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List of signatories

Organisation

Name

Occupation

Country

 

Agrwall, Ashok

Supreme Court Advocate

 

India

 

More Chambers Brisbane

Allen, John

Lawyer

Australia

 

ProWildLife

Altherr, Sandra

Campaigner

Germany

 

Cafe Globe Dot Com

Aoki, Youko

 

Japan

 

Tokyo City University

Aoyama, Sadakazu

Professor

Japan

 

 

Aziz, Shiraz

Lawyer

 

 

 

Bachx, E.S.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Baldwin, Clive

Lawyer

 

 

 

Baroud, Ziyad S.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Bartholomew, Pablo

Photo Journalist

 

 

University of Warwick

Baxi, Upendra

Lawyer

UK

 

 

Bech, Steen

Lawyer

 

 

 

Beresh, Brian A.

Lawyer

 

 

Rettet den Regenwald

Behrend, Reinhard

 

Germany

 

 

Berry, Amanda

Lawyer

 

 

 

Berry, Laura

Lawyer

 

 

 

Bhargawa, P.M.

Senior Scientist Ministry of Environment and Forests

 

India

 

Bhusan, Prashant

Supreme Court Human Rights and Environment Lawyer

 

India

 

Billingslea, Sydney K.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Bochenek, Mike

Lawyer

 

 

 

Brink, Jens van den

Lawyer

 

 

 

Brugger, Sepp Dr.

Lawyer

 

 

Aickin Chambers Melbourne

Burnside, Julian

Barrister-in-law, Human Rights & Refugee Advocate and Author

 

Australia

 

Callamard, Agnes Dr.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Carroll, Simon

Lawyer

 

 

 

Coliver, Sandra

Lawyer

 

 

 

Costa Pinto, Maria Leonor

 

Lawyer

 

 

Currie, Duncan

Lawyer

 

 

 

Darbishire, Helen

Lawyer

 

 

Garden Court Chambers

Davies, Owen

 

UK

 

 

Della Seta, Roberto

Senator

 

 

 

Detloff, Kim

Campaigner

 

 

 

Dijk, Chris van

Lawyer

 

 

 

Douglass, Kathryn

Lawyer

 

 

 

Drion, Coen

Lawyer

 

 

 

Eendenburg, Matthies van

 

Lawyer

 

 

Einwallner, Doris

Lawyer

 

 

 

Faro, Alexandre

Lawyer

 

 

 

Gandhi, Makeka

MP and former Minister for Human Justice and Empowerment

 

India

 

Ganguly, Gitanath

Legal Aid Lawyer

India

 

 

Gigg, Joy

Lawyer

 

 

 

Gilmore, James D.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Gilsenan, Rebecca

Lawyer

 

 

 

Gisbergen, Indra van

Lawyer

Netherlands

 

 

Glawisschnig-Piescek, Eva

3rd president of the New Democratic Party

 

 

 

Glazewski, Jan

Lawyer

 

 

Human Rights Law Network

Gonsalves, Colin

Director of Human Rights Law Network

 

India

 

Gonsaeles, Gwendoline

Lawyer

 

 

 

Griffith, Elisabeth

Barrister-at-law

Australia

 

Deepwave e.V.

Gross, Onno Dr.

 

 

 

 

Grover, Vindra

Lawyer

India

 

 

Guenther, Michael

Attorney-in-law

 

 

 

Gusmao Camara, Ibsen de

Admiral (retired) of Brazilian Navy

 

Brazil

 

Gwynne, Beris

Lawyer

 

 

 

Hanawa, Nobuichi

 

Japan

 

 

Harrison, Kate

Lawyer

 

 

 

Harvey, Richard

Attorney-in-law, Human Rights Lawyer

 

USA

Forbes Chambers

Hendy, Lisa

Solicitor

Australia

 

 

Hinds, Lennox S.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Hirni, Lorenz

Lawyer

 

 

 

Hirokawa, Yasushi

Lawyer

Japan

 

National Ecotourism Center

Hirose, Toshimiti

 

Japan

 

 

Hoedt-Rasmussen, Inger

Lawyer

 

 

‘t Regtshuis Advocaten

Hoerchner, Rogier

Lawyer

Netherlands

 

PARC

Hosokawa, Hiroaki

 

Japan

 

 

Hugget, James

Lawyer

 

 

 

Hutt, Katie

Lawyer

 

 

 

Ikeda, Kayoko

Writer, Translator

Japan

 

Graduate School of Tokyo Foreign Language School

 

Isesaki, Kenji

Professor

Japan

 

 

Itoh, Akiko

Lawyer

Japan

 

Hougakukan Co Ltd.

Ito, Makoto

Chairman/ CEO, Attorney-at-law

 

Japan

 

Iyer, Kirshna VR

Supreme Court Judge

India

 

 

Kanehara, Atsuko

Lawyer

 

 

 

Kawai, Mitsuru

 

Japan

 

Higgins Chambers Brisbane

Keim, Stephen

Barrister-in law, Senior Counsel for the State of Queensland, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

 

Australia

United Nations

Kim, Jung Rin

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

 

Tokyo Kyodo Law Office

Kinoshito, Tetsuro

Attorney-at-law

Japan

 

UNSW Law School

Kirchenghast, Tyrone

Senior Lecturer UNSW

Australia

 

 

Kiryu, Hiroto

 

Japan

 

Future 500

Kiuchi, Takashi

Chair of Future 500

Japan

 

 

Kravchenko, Swetlana

Lawyer

 

 

 

Lambe, Andie

Lawyer

 

 

 

Layton, Jack

Leader of the New Democratic Party

 

 

 

Loostra, Bondine

Lawyer

Netherlands

 

World Wild Life Fund

Leape, Jim

Executive Director

UK

 

Youth for Human Rights

Leistra, Gerbrig

Chair

 

 

Forbes Chambers

Lester, Fernandez

Barrister-at-law

Australia

 

 

Liu, Nengye

Lawyer

 

 

 

Lloyd, Stephen

Senior Counsel

Australia

 

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

 

Lungo, L.

Crown Prosecutor

Australia

 

 

Manconi, Luigi

Lawyer

 

 

 

Marraci, Jose Manuel

Lawyer

 

 

Weekly Friday

Masano, Atsuko

Journalist

 

Japan

University of Newcastle Legal Centre

McCarthy, Shaun

Lawyer, Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, Presiding legal member of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal

 

Australia

Transparency International

McClellan, Angela

Senior Programme Coordination

 

 

American Cetacean Society

McCormick, Cheryl

 

 

 

 

McMullin, Fiona

Lawyer

 

 

 

Mehta, M.C.

Lawyer

 

 

Article 19

Mendel, Toby

Lawyer

 

 

 

Meo, Giampiero

Lawyer

 

 

Nimal Welfare Institute

Millward, Susan

 

 

 

 

Moberly, Michael A.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Nagasak, Toshihisa

Professor

 

Japan

 

Neve, Marc

Lawyer

 

 

Aoyama Gakuin University

Niikura, Osamu

Professor

Japan

 

 

Nishihara, Luka

 

Japan

 

 

Nomura, Tetsuya

 

Japan

 

 

Noorlander, Peter

Lawyer

 

 

 

Ohhata, Yutaka

 

Japan

 

 

Oposa jr., Antonio A.

Lawyer

 

 

Aoyama Gakuin University Law School

 

Osamu, Niikura

Professor and Attorney

Japan

 

Owen, Daniel

 

Lawyer

 

 

Palazzo Jr, Jose Truda

Lawyer, Former IWV Alternate Commissioner

 

 

Earth Island Institute

Palmer, Mark

 

 

 

 

Panjwani, Raj

High Court Lawyer

 

India

 

Parihar, Gita

Lawyer

 

 

Oceana

Pastor, Xavier

 

 

 

 

Post, Dr. P.R.

Lawyer

 

 

Mangrove Action Project

Quarto, Alfredo

Executive Director

 

 

 

Queinnec, Yann

Lawyer

 

 

 

Ramkrishnan, Nitya

Lawyer

 

India

 

Redmond, Sophie

Lawyer

 

 

 

Refahi, Rana

Lawyer

 

 

 

Repeta, Prof. Lawrence

Lawyer

 

 

 

Rosenthal, Erika

Lawyer

 

 

 

Rosenthal, Richard

Lawyer

 

 

 

Ruby, Clayton

Lawyer

 

 

 

Rutzen, Douglas B.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Saxe, Dianne

Lawyer

 

 

 

Serajnik, Franz Dr.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Sethil, Dr. R.

MP

 

 

 

Shinivasa, Balaji

Surpreme Court Advocate

 

India

 

Shiva, Vandana

Environmental activist

 

 

Hogakukuan Co., Ltd

Shuto, Yoshikatsu

 

 

Japan

 

Silverberg, Christine E.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Slater, Felipe

Lawyer

 

 

 

Slob, Bart

Lawyer

 

 

 

Smit, Wyke

Lawyer

 

Netherlands

 

Smith, Aileen

Chair of Board of Greenpeace Japan

 

Japan

 

Smulders, Luc

Lawyer

 

Netherlands

 

Sodre, Marcello

Lawyer

 

Netherlands

 

Somers, Eddy

Lawyer

 

Netherlands

 

Sou, Miki

 

 

Japan

 

Spaendonck, Barend Jan van

 

Lawyer

 

 

Amigos de la Tierra

Spendeler, Liliane

Environmental Director

Spain

 

 

Stern, Max

Attorney-at-law

USA

 

 

Summerhayes, Anna

Lawyer

 

 

 

Summers, Anne

Journalist and Author

Australia

 

 

Thorsen, Sune Skadegard

 

Lawyer

 

 

Symmons, Clive Dr.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Sutton, Eric

Lawyer

 

 

Association to Protect Northernmost Dugong

 

Suzuki, Masako

 

Japan

Mirai Bank

Tanaka, Yu

Head of Mirai Bank

 

Japan

Information Disclosure Citizen Center

 

Takahashi, Toshiaki

Chair

Japan

Amnesty International Japan

Teranaka, Makoto

 

Secretary General

Japan

 

Teale, Lotta

 

Lawyer

 

 

Tutu, Emeritus Desmond

Archbishop

 

 

 

Unterweger, Josef Dr.

Lawyer

 

 

 

Urashima, Etsuko

 

 

Japan

Globale Village Media

Van Lier, Peter

Director

 

Netherlands

 

Visser, Gerbrand

Lawyer

 

Netherlands

 

Voorhoof, Dirk

Lawyer

 

 

 

Wagner, J. Martin

Lawyer

 

 

 

Wild, Wendy de

Lawyer

 

 

 

Yasuda, Setsuko

 

Japan

 

Chuo Law School

Yokota, Tsukada Yozo

Professor for International Law

 

Japan

 

 

Yohioka, Noriko

 

 

Japan

Boehler Advocaten

Zegveld, Liesbeth, Prof. Dr.

 

Lawyer

 

Netherlands

American Cetacean Society

 

 

 

 

Amnesty International

 

 

 

 

Animal Welfare Institute

 

 

 

 

Australian Conservation Foundation

 

 

 

 

Cetacean Society International

 

 

 

 

Chocoloney Foundation

 

 

 

 

CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation

 

 

 

 

Conservation Council of Western Australia

 

 

 

 

David Suzuki Foundation Canada

 

 

 

 

Deepwave

 

 

 

 

Defenders of Wildlife

 

 

 

 

Dolphin Connection

 

 

 

 

Earth Island Institute

 

 

 

 

Environmental Investigation Agency

 

 

 

 

Forest Peoples Programme

 

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth International

 

 

 

 

GEA Sphere

 

 

 

 

German League for Nature and Environment Conservation

 

 

 

 

Global Justice Ecology

 

 

 

 

Global Movement for Children

 

 

 

 

Humane Society International

 

 

 

 

International Fund for Animal Welfare

 

 

 

 

International League for the protection of Cetaceans (ILPC)

 

 

 

 

International Wildlife Coalition

 

 

 

 

Japanese Association for the Rights to Freedom of Speech

 

 

 

Japan

Lawyers Network for Human Rights Observation

 

 

 

 

Living Oceans Society

 

 

 

Canada

Mammals Encounter Education Research (MEER)

 

 

 

 

Mangrove Action Project

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Defense Council

 

 

 

 

New York whale & Dolphin Action League

 

 

 

 

Ocean Research and Education

 

 

 

Canada

Oceana

 

 

 

 

OLSSI

 

 

 

 

Orca Lab/ Pacific Orca Society

 

 

 

 

OXFAM UK

 

 

 

 

Pacific Indigenous People Environment Coalition

 

 

 

 

People Watch, Chennai

 

 

 

 

Queensland Conservation

 

 

 

 

Society of Dolphin Conservation Germany

 

 

 

 

The Cousteau Society

 

 

 

 

The Environmental Law Service of the Czech Republic

 

 

 

 

The Human Society of the United States

 

 

 

 

The Oceans Conservatory

 

 

 

 

The Pew Charitable Trust

 

 

 

 

The Sierra Club

 

 

 

 

The Varda Group, Netherlands

 

 

 

 

The Wilderness Society

 

 

 

 

The Whaleman Foundation

 

 

 

 

Transparency International

 

 

 

 

Transparency Japan

 

 

 

 

True Majority

 

 

 

 

UBUNTU – World Forum of Civil Society Networks Secretariat

 

 

 

 

Whales and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)

 

 

 

 

Whales need US coalition

 

 

 

 

World Council of Arya Samaj

 

 

 

 

World Society for the protection of animals

 

 

 

 

WWF World Wild Life Fund US

 

 

 

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