THE JAPANESE WORKERS’ COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
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Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
2-6 August 2010
Right of Peoples to Peace
Statement by Mr. Akira MAEDA
on behalf of the
Japanese Workers’ Committee for Human Rights (JWCHR)
1. Japanese Workers’ Committee for Human Rights welcome the resolution 14/3 by Human Rights Council on the right of peoples to peace in June 2010. We also welcome and support the joint written statement submitted by several NGOs on Draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace to Advisory Committee in this session (A/HRC/AC/5/NGO/2). The report requests Advisory Committee to consider in its study the conclusions and recommendations of the workshop of experts on the right of peoples to peace.
2. In this regard, we would like to introduce the situation in
As a major part of the Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War, a large-scale conference was held in
Global Article 9 Declaration to Abolish War has the following preamble.
“Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution renounces war and the threat or use of force as a
means of settling international disputes. Further, it prohibits the maintenance of armed
forces and other war potential. Article 9 is not just a provision of Japanese law; it can
also act as an international peace mechanism that can be adopted by other states to
maintain peace throughout the world. The Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War
strives to build an international movement supporting Article 9 as a shared property of
the world, and calls for a global peace that does not rely on force.”
And the declaration called on all governments to renounce war, and the use and threat of use of force as a means of settling international disputes, by including a peace clause in national constitutions, similar to Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution and Article 12 of the Costa Rican Constitution.
3. A year after the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War, June 2009, an international follow-up event was held onboard “Peace Boat” at the
4. Finaly, we invite Advisory Committee to consider the conclusions and recommendations of the workshop of experts on the right of peoples to peace, in particular the recognition of the double dimension -individual and collective- of the right to peace, and the written statement sponsored by more than 500 NGO on this issue. Consequently, it should request to the Human Rights Council to extent its mandate to prepare a draft declaration on the right of individuals and peoples to peace.