[Hpn] Re: ALERT!! "10 NO uji" park is burning!
Sat, 13 Dec 2003 11:20:22 -0800
Dear Friends in Osaka,
Two minutes ago I sent an email to the Chicago Office for Osaka. I enclose a
copy of what I wrote them below- Never give up!
With love and respect,
An Open Letter to the Mayor of Osaka
Regarding the forced eviction of homeless, and forced removal of 10
karaoke huts occupied by the homeless
It has come to my attention that the Osaka City Authorities intend to
forcibly remove 10 karaoke huts and furthermore, to forcibly evict
their occupants, on December 15, 2003.
I would like to refer you to what the Office of the High Commissioner
for Human Rights has to say on forced evictions:
Fact Sheet No.25, Forced Evictions and Human Rights
from which I quote the following paragraphs:
"[The] practice of forced eviction constitutes a gross violation of
human rights, in particular the right to adequate housing.
International human rights law establishes norms and principles
touching on virtually all facets of life. This is reflected in the
consistent reaffirmation by the international community of the
indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights, whether
civil, cultural, economic, political or social."
"The indispensable equality of all human rights, now firmly
entrenched in the provisions of international human rights
instruments, is particularly evident when examining human rights
violations relating not just to one right, but to a broad range of
human rights. One such infringement of human rights is the practice
of forced evictions: the removal of individuals, families or
communities from their homes, land or neighbourhoods, against their
will, directly or indirectly attributable to the State."
"Forced evictions might not initially be viewed necessarily as an
issue of human rights, but rather as a simple side-effect of
development, of urban renewal, a consequence of armed conflict, or an
aspect of environmental protection or energy generation by, for
example, hydroelectric dams. However, to be persistently threatened
or actually victimized by the act of forced eviction from one's home
or land is surely one of the most supreme injustices any individual,
family, household or community can face."
"The perpetual insecurity of people intimidated by this practice,
coupled with the frequent use of physical violence during its
carrying out, begin to reveal the personal and collective trauma
invariably inflicted on those faced with the prospect of forced
eviction. No one volunteers to be an evicte."
"Tolerated in most societies and officially encouraged in many,
forced evictions dismantle what people have built over months, years
and sometimes decades, destroying the livelihood, culture, community,
families and homes of millions of people throughout the world every
"Far from offering solutions to housing or urban crises, forced
evictions destroy the dwellings and human settlements people call
home and could perhaps be more appropriately labelled as a method of
"de-housing", rather than as a practice representing a constructive,
human-oriented response to the ongoing global housing crisis."
"In this regard, the Committee has indicated that a number of
articles in the Covenant are capable of immediate implementation,
including article 3, article 7, subparagraph (a) (i), article 8,
article 10, paragraph 3, article 13, paragraphs 2 (a), 3 and 4, and
article 15, paragraph 3. It has also stressed, with respect to the
right to adequate housing, for example, that "instances of forced
eviction are prima facie incompatible with the requirements of the
Covenant and can only be justified in the most exceptional
circumstances, and in accordance with the relevant principles of
international law".(15) In order to put such obligations into effect
domestically, national courts would obviously have an important role
to play in ensuring respect for the rights in question."
In closing, rather than a brutal confrontation with force which only
can result in a loss of face for all, particularly for those who
employ that brute force, is it not far more desirable to work with
the homeless inhabitants of Osaka, respecting their rights, their
dignity, and their property? They are human beings, first and
foremost, with talents and a wealth of inner resources. Listen to
them, really listen to them, and you will be favorably surprised. Let
this situation be an opportunity for everyone in Osaka to win.
> on morning of 15 December 2003, fascist mayor "taKKKahumi isomura" and his
>subjects will force to remove 10 karaoke-huts by 200 dull officers with many
>riot-polizei. this warfare has suddenly broken out by osaka city authorities
>on last month.
>they rejected our demanding of any explaination for eviction. and they have
>had no ears for our protesting at all. fascist "t.isomura" becomes his terms
>expiration of osaka city mayor. he will replace his mayor's post to a new
>mayor and will leave...without any apologies to the poor comrades!
>democracy? human right? X'mas? where is such a thing in here? only stupid
>boring saint nicolas mocks our situation of poverty. we can not forgive him
>and his subjects. Comrades, we need your solidarity for this struggle.
> if you can, please send protest letters(e-mails) to the following address
>by 14 December 2003, or please send FAX to the following add. same letters
>CCing to email@example.com ;
>City of Osaka, Chicago Office
>c/o JETRO Chicago
>401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 660
> thanks. in solidarity! (rebel_JILL)
> we'll be singing
>when we're winning
> we'll be singing
>i get knocked down
> but i get up again
>u're never going to keep me down(ChumbaWamba)
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> instead of THEIR violence,
> WE must try to get OUR MUTUAL AID SOCIETIES
> all over the world.(@Libertaire-JILL)
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