Japan denied rights of activists
Andrew Darby; 9/2/10
A UN committee has ruled that the Japanese government repeatedly breached human rights guarantees in pursuit of two Greenpeace whistleblowers who exposed a trade in whale meat. The finding is seen as an embarrassment for Japan ahead of the trial next week of the ”Tokyo Two” activists for their alleged theft of a box of the meat. The UN Human Rights Committee’s working group on arbitrary detention found the rights of the activists to not be arbitrarily deprived of liberty, and to engage in protest, were not respected by the Japanese justice system.