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Cool Sites : Human Rights

Monday, June 19, 2006 Posted: 12:28 PM JST

Earlier this year, U.N. Special Rapporteur (on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance) Diène visited Japan. Hereby some sites with background information on human rights issues in Japan:

Factbook on global sexual exploitation: Japan. (ENG)

Discriminatory Practices in Japan
Short paper by John de Boer (Research Associate, GLOCOM; Japan Fellow, Stanford University) on discriminatory practices in Japan. (ENG)

Human Rights Watch : Japan
Japan page of Human Rights Watch. (ENG)

Human Trafficking Japan
Laws, action plans and contact information on useful governmental agencies and NGO activities in Japan in regards to human trafficking. (ENG)

Owed Justice
Very detailed report on Thai women trafficked into debt bondage in Japan written by Kinsey Dinan, researcher with the Women's Rights and Asia Divisions of Human Rights Watch. Recommended. (ENG)

Prizes for Global Citizenship
Since 1985, The Japan Foundation has been awarding The Japan Foundation Prizes for Community-Based Cultural Exchange to organizations and individuals engaged in international cultural exchange. (CHN ENG JPN SPA)

Report on Discrimination and Racism
Article by David McNeill on a symposium with Oda Makoto, Pak Kyongnam, Tanaka Hiroshi, William Wetherall and Honda Katsuichi on the Diene Report on Discrimination and Racism in Japan. (ENG)

Trafficking in Thai Women
Covers identification, legal clusters, geographic clusters, trade clusters, environment clusters and other factors. (ENG)

Arudou Debito
Information for people concerned with social issues who want to improve life in Japan. (ENG)

The Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination in Japan, especially the Buraku problem. (ENG JPN)

Hurights Osaka
Osaka based human rights organization to promote human rights in the Asia-Pacific region (CHI ENG JPN KOR)

Solidarity Network Migrants Japan
Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan (SNMJ) aims to create a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural with migrant workers and citizens of foreign nationalities. (ENG JPN KOR TAG)

United for a Multicultural Japan
Promotes the welfare and legal rights of non-Japanese with Japanese spouses, and other long-term or permanent residents of Japan. (ENG)

Find more sites related to Japan at Japan Links. Special section for Human Rights in Japan.

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