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2020年04月22日 International CooperationStatement

Our Rights to Life during the Covid-19
– Emergency Statement from Persons with Disabilities at Risk-
April 20, 2020

World Independent Living Center Network(WIN)  We are global network of Independent Living Centers that support people with disabilities to live in the community regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This network was established in July 2017 at the Global IL Summit in Washington, DC and since, people with disabilities across borders are coming together to carry out activities and missions. With CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) is raging around the world, we are facing alarming crisis that people with disabilities are left behind and unable to receive crucial support that they need. UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD, adopted 2007) prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons…


2019年07月18日 Accessibility

Updated information on “Yokohama hotels demanding payment for accessibility to UK Paralympic team”

The media reported in April that hotels in Yokohama demanded British Paralympic team payment for making barrier-free rooms as well as converting the rooms back afterwards ( Ingle, The Guardian,24th April 2019) Receiving a lot of request to respond to the discriminatory case, DPI Japan got the answer to our inquiry from the Cabinet Secretariat on 11th July. They said that the issue was cleared as bellow: – Initially, the British Paralympic Association (BPA) asked a hotel to make 10 rooms accessible for the team of wheelchair users to stay together. – However, the hotel were concerned if they could financially maintain the rooms after the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and…


2019年07月04日 Accessibility

Yokohama hotels demanded payment for accessibility to UK Paralympic teams

It was reported that hotels in Yokohama demanded British Paralympic teams payment for making rooms accessible as well as converting the rooms back afterwards. The following media covered the story. ▼Sean Ingle, The Guardian(24th, April 2019)” Paralympics GB stunned after Yokohama hotels demand payment for accessibility ▼KYODO, The Japan Times(10th June 2019)”Wheelchair-accessible hotel rooms still an issue ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Olympics” DPI Japan communicated with with the Cabinet Secretariat and Yokohama City officials in order to contact the hotels for complaint and further dialogue. On inquiry the case appears actually fact, but still the names of the hotels have not been identified. Other Japanese media is also…


2018年09月06日 Employment and LabourStatement

Statement to Padding of Disabled Employee Figures, JAPAN

Tokyo, August 24, 2018 Midori Hirano Chairperson, DPI-JAPAN We, DPI-JAPAN (Japan National Assembly of Disabled Persons’ International) , consists of 98 disabled people’s organizations across Japan, regardless of the type and extent of disability. We have made efforts to promote realization of an inclusive society where everyone can live equally. Especially improvement of working environment and conditions which enables persons with disabilities to work equally with the others has been one of our priority issues. Upholding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it has been stressed to ensuring the efficacy of the Guidelines of Eliminating Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation formulated under the amended Act on Promoting Employment…


2018年06月04日 AdvocacyStatement

DPI Japan’s resolution to request on state’s apology and compensation for victims of eugenic surgery

1st June 2018 State of Japan, by enacting the Eugenic Protection Law (1948-1996), had legalized both eugenic surgery (sterilization) and abortion by reason of disability with the purpose of “prevent(ing) birth of inferior descendants” “from the standpoint of eugenic protection” and “protect(ing) the life and health of the mother”. Under the law more than 25,000 people were sterilized. At least 16,500 people were forcibly sterilized and 70% of them were women. DPI Japan has sent joint reports on eugenic surgery with other organizations to the United Nations human right committees: in 1998 and 2014 to the Human Rights Committee and in 2016 to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination…


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