Say NO to Nuclear Waste in the Pacific Ocean

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand joins a number of concerned organisations in Aotearoa including Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand and many across the world who are expressing concerns about the release of Fukushima wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. 

With the huge human rights risks for those near Japan and the wider implications for people like us throughout the Pacific so unknown – this is no time to wait or worse, stay silent. 

Human rights are intimately linked with the environment. A healthy and clean environment is critical to the fulfilment of all of our human rights, for example the right to life, health, water, and food. (Reference: https://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/HumanRightsAndServiceLearningPt1.pdf
 
We are deeply concerned about the human rights impact of wastewater on our oceans. This is why we are calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to put pressure on the Japan government to find an alternative solution. 
 
Last month independent experts from the United Nations said that the “contaminated water still remaining at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant poses major environmental and human rights risks and any decision to discharge it into the Pacific Ocean cannot be an acceptable solution”. 

The independent UN experts said discharging contaminated water into the Pacific would be a failure to uphold human rights, including the human rights of children exposing them to further risks inside and outside Japan [UN Special Rapporteurs March 2021]

Lisa Woods, Campaigns Director at Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand said, "It is absolutely abhorrent that people’s rights are being put at risk this way. The human right to health, water, food and to life itself are all at stake by events such as this. This must not be allowed to go ahead. Thankfully we do have some time to turn this around, and that gives me hope."

Aotearoa New Zealand – being the pillar of the anti-nuclear movement – should be one of the first to call on the Government of Japan to reverse its decision. Jacinda Ardern said climate change was her generation’s nuclear moment. Well, here’s a nuclear moment in the climate space for her to address.

Join our call on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to oppose the Government of Japan’s decision to release wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. 

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