Saturday, October 15, 2005

Tottori rights law a first but irks critics

From the Japan Times
The Tottori Prefectural Assembly approved an ordinance Wednesday that the local government claims will protect people from racial discrimination and other human rights violations but critics say will allow authorities to employ rules arbitrarily to protect people in power.

It is the first time a local government has introduced such an ordinance. It may prime the pump for the human rights bill the central government tried to push through the Diet earlier this year but put on hold amid criticism over its potential to restrict media activities, among other flaws.

"Having a regional human rights ordinance will enable us to make meticulous judgments" on human rights issues, Tottori Gov. Yoshihiro Katayama has said in explaining the ordinance.

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