Whale defenders are facing prison time in Japan. Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki have acted in the public interest by exposing large scale embezzlement inside the whaling industry in Japan -- yet they are on trial and face up to 10 years in prison. Junichi and Toru need our help now more than ever.
TAKE ACTION: Tell the Japanese Embassy that you stand beside Junichi and Toru as co-defendants.
It's been almost two years since the politically motivated arrest of Junichi and Toru — known as the Tokyo Two — for their roles in exposing the illegal sale of whale meat smuggled off the Japanese government's whaling ships. A working group of the United Nations Human Rights Council recently ruled that the defendants' human rights have been breached by the Japanese justice system. As the trial began this week, Greenpeace USA was one of many offices worldwide supporting the Tokyo Two at a Japanese embassy.
TAKE ACTION: Send a letter to the Japanese Embassy calling for justice for the Tokyo Two!
- Embassy of Japan in the USA | 在米国日本国大使館
We believe the prosecution of Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, known as the "Tokyo-Two," is politically motivated and designed to silence opposition against whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
Our belief is backed by the fact that the United Nations Human Rights Council has ruled that the Japanese government breached numerous articles of international law by detaining and prosecuting Junichi and Toru. A quarter of a million individuals, dozens of legal experts and human rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have all expressed equal concern.
We hope that justice will prevail and that the courts will finally recognize Junichi and Toru for doing their duty as concerned citizens. But, should they be tried and sentenced unjustly - we will not go quietly. Our voices will only get louder.
Junichi and Toru are honorable men who acted in the interest of Japanese tax-payers by exposing large scale embezzlement inside the government funded whaling program. We stand beside them as co-defendants in opposition to whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. And we call on the Japanese government to respect its commitment to international human rights law, to ensure that the Tokyo Two receive a fair trial, and that the investigation into the whale meat embezzlement scandal is reopened.
It is whaling that should be on trial, not the people who oppose it.
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