SDHF Newsletter No.224 Report to Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination 9
NGO Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
NGO Report : The 100th Anniversary of Japan’s Proposal of Elimination of Racial Discrimination within the Committee for Drafting the Covenant of the League of Nations at the Paris Peace Conference
Submitted by Academic Alliance for Correcting Groundless Criticism of Japan
August 22, 2018
Academics’ Alliance for Correcting Groundless Criticism of Japan, member of Japan NGO Coalition against Racial Discrimination, submitted this report to the Committee.
On February 13, 1919, the Japanese government first made a proposal for racial equality within the committee responsible for drafting the Covenant of the League of Nations at the Paris Peace Conference in Versailles, to the effect that elimination of racial discrimination should be clearly stated in the Covenant. Japan is obviously a pioneer within the international community in this regard.
The proposal was not adopted, Japan endured and fought against racial discrimination bricks thereafter. The racial discrimination problem was one of the main cause of the WW II. During the War, Japan convened the Greater East Asian Conference with six in dependent countries in Asia in Tokyo, November 6, 1943, and announced the Joint Declaration of Greater East Asian Conference, stating the abolition of racial discrimination. This was entirely different from FDR’s and Winston Churchill’s so called Atlantic Charter of August 14, 1941, which did not contain anything at all concerning racial equality and abolition of colonies.
Just 50 years after Japans proposal for racial equality at Paris Peace Conference, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination ICERD) finally came into being after adoption by the UN General Assembly in New York in 1965.
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the United Nation and the government of Japan are kindly requested to well disseminate the !00th Anniversary of Japan’s proposal of Elimination toward February 2019, because Japan is really a pioneer in this field of the International community.
The 100th Anniversary of Japan’s Proposal of Elimination of Racial Discrimination within the Committee for Drafting the Covenant of the League of Nations at the Paris Peace Conference
Questions are welcome.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact