Japan: Appeal for the Abolition of Death Penalty
The Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace, Pax Christi International’s member organisation, released an appeal for the Abolition of Death Penalty on the occasion of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit which took place from 26-27 May 2016. The document called on the Japanese Government and the Justice Ministry to abolish capital punishment in line with respect for the Universal Declaration of Human rights and the Constitution of Japan. It is worth noting that Japan is one of the 25 countries that carried out the death penalty in 2015 and open arguments and discussions about the abolition of capital punishment is not allowed. In the appeal highlights part of the constitution ““We, the Japanese people, desire peace for all time and are deeply conscious of the high ideals controlling human relationship, and we have determined to preserve our security and existence, trusting in the justice and faith of the peace-loving peoples of the world. We desire to occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace, and the banishment of tyranny and slavery, oppression and intolerance for all time from the earth. We recognize that all peoples of the world have the right to live in peace, free from fear and want.” [The Constitution of Japan, Preamble]. Click here for more.