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#Fukushima United Nations #OHCR report update 18th September 2018 #IDP

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Posted by Shaun McGee aka arclight

Posted on 18 September 2018

Baskut Tuncuk has finished his report on workers (globally) who are exploited here
A vicious form of exploitation: workers poisoned by toxic substances, says UN expert
GENEVA (12 September 2018) – Exposure of workers to toxic substances can and should be considered a form of exploitation and is a global health crisis, says a UN expert.
On Wednesday, UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, told the UN Human Rights Council that governments and companies must strengthen protection for workers, their families

“and their communities from any exposure to toxic chemicals”.

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23543&LangID=E

Here is some background and upcoming reports with some recent activity;

SR on internally displaced persons due in first quarter of 2019 requested in first half of 2016 and confirmed in August 2017
Due on first quarter of 2019 https://spinternet.ohchr.org/_Layouts/SpecialProceduresInternet/ViewCountryVisits.aspx?Lang=en&country=JPN

SR on toxic waste
Sent Reminder but not confirmed
2019
Due in 2019 Link on the same as above.

37th HRC Session: Oral Statement on the Situation of the People Affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
The video and the full text of the statement can be accessed below.
http://hrn.or.jp/eng/news/2018/03/13/hrc37-oral-statement-fukushima/

 

Japan: Fukushima clean-up workers, including homeless, at grave risk of exploitation, say UN experts
GENEVA (16 August 2018)
“Detailed reports that the decontamination contracts were granted to several large contractors, and that hundreds of small companies, without relevant experience, were subcontracted, are of concern. These arrangements, together with the use of brokers to recruit a considerable number of the workers, may have created favourable conditions for the abuse and violation of workers’ rights.”
The UN rights experts have engaged in a dialogue with the Government since last year and have taken into account a recent reply to their most recent concerns.
As part of its Universal Periodic Review, Japan recently ”accepted to follow up” on a recommendation from other States to restore radiation levels to those before the disaster to protect the human right to health of pregnant women and children, among several other recommendations.

“The experts strongly urge the Government to lower the allowable dose of radiation to 1 mSv/year to protect children and women who may become pregnant.”

The UN experts remain available to advise on how best to address the ongoing issue of exposure of workers to toxic radiation following a previous response by the Japanese Government, and on the need to strengthen protection for workers.
In September, one of the UN experts, Baskut Tuncak, will present a report to the UN Human Rights Council, calling on States and employers to strengthen protection for workers from exposure to toxic substances, and proposing principles in that regard.

Link https://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23458&LangID=E

Link to exclusive to nuclear-news.net video testimony from Internally Displaced People from Japan. This is part of a series of videos upcoming to this blog over the next few weeks. In the first video we hear from a Decontamination worker and Mother about the working conditions she experienced and the health effects she obseved with her family.

The second video highlights an issue with the nuclear industries “Stay in Place” orders to civilians downwind of a nuclear disaster by showing the different health effects of 2 families who take different approaches. One family removes themselves from the prefecture within days (with few health effects noticed) and another family who stayed in Fukushima Prefecture for another year and a half and both mother and daughter was found to have Thyroid abnormalities effecting their well being.

The third video covers health effects and costs (Just released)

More videos to come including a family who moved to another part of Japan and the nosebleeds started again when the new Prefecture started burning nuclear waste from the Fukushima cleanup! No escape! Here are the links to the first two short video testimonies of the first three families.

https://nuclear-news.net/2018/09/07/fukushima-nuclear-testimony-ohchr-unhrc-crin-safecast-september-2018-part-1

https://nuclear-news.net/2018/09/13/fukushima-truth-nuclear-testimony-ohchr-unhrc-crin-september-2018-part-2/

https://nuclear-news.net/2018/09/19/fukushima-truth-nuclear-testimony-ohchr-unhrc-september-2018-part-3/

And finally a new report has come out concerning unreported deaths during the nuclear accident evacuation. Breaking!

TEPCO lawsuit: Futaba Hospital Patient Death is caused by the Nuclear Accident – Nurse’s Testimony

Google translated

Mainichi Newspaper September 18, 2018 22:01 (Last updated September 18 at 22: 1)

The Tokyo District Court (Kenichi Nagabuchi), the 26th trial of the three former management teams who were forcibly charged with negligence resulting in death and injury in business around Tokyo Electric Power Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant incident, caused the accident damage The situation was first heard. A woman who was a nurse at Futaba Hospital (Okuma Town, Fukushima Prefecture) where many patients died from the evacuation shelter appeared as a witness and presented the view that “the patient died was caused by a nuclear accident” It was.

According to the indictment and others, the former management team neglected countermeasures even though a massive tsunami struck the nuclear plant and it could be predicted that an accident would occur, three former management teams invited an accident in March 2011, About 44 kilometers away from the hospital in the same hospital were reported to have died.

On the morning of this morning, the appointed attorney for the prosecutor’s office recited the record written by the prosecutors about doctors and staff of the hospital, self-defense officers and police officers who rescued immediately after the earthquake to listen to the prosecution. He insisted that the patient died due to lack of cooperation among related organizations, long-term movement, the medical environment of the evacuation destination, and so on.

In the afternoon’s trial, a woman who was deputy general manager of the hospital of the same hospital testified the evacuation situation of the patient. “If nuclear accidents did not occur and the patient was able to return to Futaba Hospital from the evacuation destination, I could keep a few more (life) because I could use medical instruments and medicines.”

The deputy director of nursing also revealed that he was already aware of the patient who had already died in the bus while traveling for a long time before arriving at the evacuation destination, and explained that “the face was so like it and it was shocking” [ie her patients looked shockingly pale (a sign of a critical condition or being very ill)] . “There were also patients wrapped in white protective clothing and falling under the seat” and looked back on the harsh conditions at the time.

In the trial, since the second deadline of January this year, witness interrogation continued, the hearing has been continued over the recognition of the former management team’s tsunami countermeasure. 【Iida Ken, Okada Ei】

[NOTE This is a poignant summary of the article from a Japanese speaker (to help clarify the articles bad translation )

“Nuclear accident occurred –> patients evacuated from the hospital –> patients were removed to a location without required medical treatments or equipment –> patients died ie killed”  ]

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20180919/k00/00m/040/120000c

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Fukushima 311 Watchdogs.

    Comment by dunrenard | September 23, 2018 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on nuclear-news and commented:

    ink to exclusive to nuclear-news.net video testimony from Internally Displaced People from Japan. This is part of a series of videos upcoming to this blog over the next few weeks. In the first video we hear from a Decontamination worker and Mother about the working conditions she experienced and the health effects she obseved with her family.

    The second video highlights an issue with the nuclear industries “Stay in Place” orders to civilians downwind of a nuclear disaster by showing the different health effects of 2 families who take different approaches. One family removes themselves from the prefecture within days (with few health effects noticed) and another family who stayed in Fukushima Prefecture for another year and a half and both mother and daughter was found to have Thyroid abnormalities effecting their well being.

    The third video covers health effects and costs (Just released)

    More videos to come including a family who moved to another part of Japan and the nosebleeds started again when the new Prefecture started burning nuclear waste from the Fukushima cleanup! No escape! Here are the links to the first two short video testimonies of the first three families.

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | October 5, 2018 | Reply


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