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Greenpeace activist’s human rights still under threat

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for the Australian Government to intervene in the treatment by Japanese authorities of two Greenpeace activists.

"News that Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki's bail conditions have finally been relaxed is welcome, but their ongoing fight for justice still continues," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

"It has now been one year since the 'Tokyo Two' were arrested for uncovering a black market scandal in the sale of stolen whale meat. The handling of this investigation by the Japanese authorities has been questionable, to say the least."

"The Japanese government has received criticism from the United Nations Human Rights Committee for what they believe are unreasonable restrictions placed on freedom of expression and the right to take part in the conduct of public affairs," said Senator Siewert.

"The Greens believe this treatment is an attempt to unreasonably restrict these peoples' right to freedom of expression in drawing attention to these issues. I strongly believe that the federal government should be taking up this issue with the Japanese government on Australia's behalf, because both we and Japan are co-signatories to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

"If the Australian government has not already done so, the Greens are calling for this matter to be taken to the International Whaling Commission and require an investigation of this whale meat scandal," she concluded.

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