Petition #277: Human Rights

Petition #277: Human Rights,


His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan

The Hague, 12 December 2017
Petition: 277
Subject: Human Rights


In the United Nations Human Rights issues are discussed in the Human Rights Council. Every four years the Human Rights situation in a member nation is reviewed. Last month Japan was reviewed by the Universal Periodic Review Working Group. The Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts submitted its report requesting the Human Right Council:

  1. to review Japan’s Human Rights violations by its military against the Dutch during the military occupation of Dutch East Indies during 1941-1945;
  2. to establish that Japan, with the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty and the 1956 Stikker-Yoshida Protocol, illegally absolved its responsibility to redress individual Dutch victims directly violating recognized principles of International Humanitarian Law, The Third Geneva Convention of 1949;
  3. to request the International Court of Justice to give an advisory opinion on the legality of Japan absolving its responsibility to individual Dutch victims, thus violating the Third Geneva Convention.

The Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts urges that the Human Rights Council recommends the Government of Japan to resolve this long lasting issue in ignoring the Third Geneva Convention.
The submission by the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts has been entered formally in the Summary of stakeholders’ submissions on Japan. Time does not absolve responsibility.

Prime Minister,
For Japan recognizing and correcting present and past violations of Human Rights would give an important signal to the people of Japan and the world. It validates Japan’s and other nations request to have a meeting in the Security Council on the present Human Rights abuses by North Korea. Addressing the Human Rights violations of North Korea in the Security Council of the United Nations again underpins the importance of the Third Geneva Convention. It demonstrates also that Human Rights violations influence global politics materially and are a real threat to World Peace.

On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.

J.F. van Wagtendonk