The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:
Original Chinese Language Article By: http://news.sina.com.cn
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
Translator’s Note: There are many historical issues that define the international relationship between Japan and China. From around 1931 to 1945, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded and attacked China – killing millions of Chinese men, women, and children in the process. Following the defeat of Japan in China (through Chinese resistance and the intervention of the Red Army of the Soviet Union) in 1945, and the subsequent occupation of Japan by US Armed Forces (following the dropping on Japan of two US Atomic Bombs), the Japanese government has consistently refused to admit their responsibility for the numerous atrocities their military forces committed in China (and other places in Asia). In part this has been due to the foreign policy of the USA, which during its instigation of the Cold War against the USSR, radically and suddenly changed its policy toward defeated Japan, reviving Japanese racist militarism and nationalism – using this fascist rhetoric to create an ‘anti-China’ policy. The climate of ‘immunity’ for its war crimes was established in Japan by the USA – and continues today in the form of ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’ toward non-Japanese peoples – which is particularly aimed at China. However, it must also be established that there do exist decent-minded Japanese people who take-on and decry this rightwing racist policy, and who selflessly work for the rights of others. ACW 26.4.2016
Xinhua: GENEVA – 21.8.2014 (Correspondent: Mei Chen Wang Zhao). During the meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, it was concluded by the Committee (after consideration of regular reports from Japan) that there are serious grounds for concern about racial discrimination existing within Japanese society.
In two days of deliberations, the Members of the Committee stated that Japan has a ‘serious’ problem regarding racial discrimination within its society. This, in part, has been due to the rise of extreme Japanese nationalism, and corresponding right-wing groups (and individuals) that through the deliberate generation of hate-speech in newspapers, through the Internet, the television and other forms of media, that are designed to promote racism and racial superiority (by declaring all non-Japanese to be culturally and racially inferior). This has been achieved through pursuing the revival of (WWII-type) nationalism and militarism, which belittles and demeans all non-Japanese people, through the provocation and harassment of foreigners. This rhetoric has also led to acts of racially motivated violence against foreigners by the Japanese far-rightwing – violence that the Japanese authorities have refused to punish or condemn.
Committee Members noted that in 2013 there were 360 reports in Japan involving racial discrimination, and this raised the valid question as to whether the Japanese government had taken the necessary measures to combat racial discrimination and hate speech. It was also noted that Senior Officials in the Cabinet of the Japanese government, continuously misled the Japanese people by issuing statements that deliberately distort history through racist rhetoric and false commentary, and the spreading of the so-called myth of the ‘China Threat’ theory. The Committee was of the opinion that the problems lay with Japan having no anti-racism law, and no nation-wide instigation of the concept of Human Rights (as the Japanese government does not perceive non-Japanese as being ‘protected’ by human rights).
The Committee Members drew attention to the fact that Japan as a nation has consistently failed to accept responsibility for its institution of ‘Comfort Women’ during WWII. Japan as a nation, refuses to recognise or agree that ‘Comfort Women’ were in fact ‘sexual slaves’, and that this failure to accept responsibility for this past violation (of Human Rights against women) adds insult to injury for the many victims, which increases their suffering.
During its closing remarks, the Committee made the recommendation that the Japanese government should develop a comprehensive anti-discrimination law, which does not prejudice freedom of expression, under the premise of combating racially motivated hate-speech, and immediately establish a national Human Rights institution.
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination monitors Treaty Signatories, and ensures that the policy of the ‘International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination’ (which was established in 1970) is both properly instigated and correctly applied. This ensures that countries who have signed the convention, fulfil their Treaty obligations and are held to account if they do not. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is comprised of 18 experts who are specially trained in the definition and correct application of UN regulations.
From the 11th to the 29th of March, 2013, saw the 85th Conference of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which was held in Palais Wilson in Geneva. This Conference considered the situation regarding Anti-Racism Discrimination in El Salvador, the United States, Peru, Cameroon, Iraq, Japan, Estonia and other countries.
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.
Original Chinese Language Source Article:
新华网日内瓦8月21日电(记者刘美辰 王昭) 联合国消除种族歧视委员会21日在日内瓦结束对日本消除种族歧视定期报告的审议，该委员会成员对日本社会中存在的种族歧视现象提出关切。