Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance,Refugees

April 20, 2021
  1. On April 15, three UN Special Rapporteurs issued a press release concerning the discharge of the ALPS treated water at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Holdings’ Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) (linkOpen a New Window ).
  2. On April 16 and 19, the Government of Japan (GoJ) submitted briefing material including the basic policy on handling of the ALPS treated water (file 1 (PDF) Open a New Window / file 2 (PDF) Open a New Window ) to the UN Special Rapporteurs via the OHCHR, explained Japan’s position on the issue, and indicated that that there were points mentioned in the press release that deviate from the facts.
  3. The GoJ continues to explain the situation on the handling of the ALPS treated water to the international community, in a transparent and courteous manner.
(Reference) ALPS treated water

Water treated through multiple treatment facilities including ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System)

  • [note] 3 UN Special Rapporteurs:
    • Mr. Marcos A. Orellana, Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
    • Mr. David R. Boyd, Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment
    • Mr. Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on the right to food
  • [note] Who are the UN Special Rapporteurs?
    • The Special Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council and serve in their personal capacities in order to make research and report on specific human rights situations in a country or on specific themes relating to human rights. The view of the Special Rapporteurs is not an official opinion of the United Nations nor its inter-governmental body, the Human Rights Council.

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