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Certified NPO DPI Japan Conference July 3rd (Wednesday) Statement regarding the “Supreme Court Ruling in the Eugenics Protection Law State Compensation Litigation”

[Certified NPO DPI Japan Conference] July 3rd (Wednesday) Statement regarding the “Supreme Court Ruling in the Eugenics Protection Law State Compensation Litigation”
*Certified NPO DPI Japan Conference*
Press release: July 4, 2024
July 3rd (Wednesday) Statement on the “Supreme Court Ruling in the Eugenics Protection Law State Compensation Litigation”
*The Supreme Court issues a groundbreaking ruling in the Eugenics Protection Act national compensation lawsuit! *
Plaintiffs and supporters raising the flag of victory
On July 3rd (Wednesday), the Grand Bench of the Supreme Court issued a decision in the Eugenics Protection Act damage trial.

In a series of trials that are said to be the greatest human rights violations in the post-war era, the Supreme Court ruled that the period of expulsion is “grossly contrary to the principles of justice and fairness and is completely unacceptable.” We welcome this ruling, handed down by the Supreme Court as the last bulwark to protect human rights, as a groundbreaking ruling.

The DPI Japan Conference issued a statement regarding this ruling. Below is the full statement.
July 4, 2024
DPI Japan Conference Statement on the Supreme Court Judgment in the Eugenics Protection Law State Compensation Litigation

Non-profit organization DPI (Disabled Persons International) Japan Conference Chair: Midori Hirano

The Japan Conference of Disabled Persons International (DPI) is comprised of 91 organizations of people with disabilities nationwide, and works to realize an inclusive society (coexistence society) where people with and without disabilities can live together, regardless of type of disability. ing.

On July 3, 2024, the Grand Bench of the Supreme Court (presiding judge Saburo Tokura) issued a ruling ordering the state to pay compensation, stating that the old Eugenics Protection Act violates the
Constitution. The court ruled that the period of disqualification claimed by the state was “grossly contrary to the principles of justice and fairness and is completely unacceptable,” and changed the precedent to disallow its application. We welcome this ruling, handed down by the Supreme Court as the last bulwark to protect human rights, as a landmark ruling.

However, too many years have passed, and of the 39 plaintiffs nationwide who were finally able to speak out among the estimated 25,000 or more victims of eugenic surgery, 6 have already passed away, and most of the victims have died. When I think about the reality of not being able to raise my voice, I can’t help but regret it.

The Eugenics Protection Act positions people with disabilities as “bad offspring,” denies them the ability to become pregnant, give birth, and raise children, deprives them of their human rights, dignity, and right to self-determination, and entrenches eugenic ideology in society. It’s here. People with disabilities have been forced to live under discrimination and prejudice. As symbolized by the killing of disabled people at Tsukui Yamayuri Garden in July 2016, a series of incidents of abuse at facilities for disabled people, and the issue of “sterilization measures” in Esashi Town, Hokkaido, which was discovered in December 2022, eugenic ideology is currently It is so deeply ingrained in people’s hearts that it has even reached its roots.

We urge the government to take this ruling seriously, withdraw the currently pending lawsuits in various places, apologize to the victims, and enforce the Eugenics Protection Law for nearly half a century without providing any redress. We must deeply reflect on this issue and take new legislative measures to provide relief to all victims, and establish an independent investigative body made up of people with disabilities to conduct investigations and verifications to prevent recurrence. We strongly urge the government to promote efforts to dispel eugenic ideology.

In order to create an inclusive society where everyone lives together in the community, without discrimination or prejudice against persons with disabilities, we will implement legislation based on the concluding observations issued to the Japanese government by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2022. It calls for further progress in the domestic implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by examining and improving the system.

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