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Japan court finds Fukushima power plant operator liable for woman's suicide
August 26, 2014
The district court in Fukushima, Japan, ruled Tuesday that a woman's family may be compensated for her death after determining that her depression and suicide were caused by the March 2011 nuclear meltdown of a nearby power plant. The family of chicken farmers lived in their mortgaged home in Yamaki....... [more]

Japan lawmakers approved Fukushima victim compensation plan
August 3, 2012
On August 3, 2011, the National Diet of Japan approved legislation to compensate those adversely affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown. Though total damages are expected to be higher, the government began by pledging two trillion yen (USD $25.9 billion). The events at Fukushima were the....... [more]

Expert panel claims Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis was preventable
July 5, 2012
A Japanese expert panel on Thursday issued a report claiming that the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was preventable. In the 641-page document the panel claims that the accident was not caused solely by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, but the inability of the government, regula....... [more]

Japan power company shareholders file record lawsuit over Fukushima nuclear crisis
March 5, 2012
A group of shareholders in the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) on Monday filed a USD $67 billion lawsuit against TEPCO officials for failing to prevent the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The group of 42 shareholders have accused 27 current and former TEPCO director....... [more]

Indonesia passage of Aceh self-governance bill sets off general strike
July 12, 2006
Indonesia's House of Representatives has passed a bill giving more autonomy to Aceh province and writing into law the terms of last year's peace agreement with rebels. But former rebels have criticized the law as not going far enough, and transportation workers in Aceh- which was devastate....... [more]

Disaster relief compared: Sri Lanka and New Orleans
March 10, 2006
Andrew Wood: Exactly one year ago I was in the southeastern Sri Lankan village of Kirinda wrapping up a three month stint of relief work following the Asian tsunami. Now, as I reflect from New Orleans in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina, I cannot help but compare the two situations. Th....... [more]

Sri Lanka tsunami robbers could face first death sentences in decades
March 4, 2006
Sri Lanka Solicitor General C.R. de Silva announced Saturday that two men photographed stealing a gold necklace from a woman while she struggled in the rushing waters of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami will be prosecuted for murder. If convicted, they could face the death penalty under Sri Lanka law....... [more]

UN envoy urges more human rights protections in tsunami-affected areas
March 3, 2006
Eric Schwartz, the UN's deputy special envoy for tsunami recovery on the protection of vulnerable communities in the tsunami region, concluded his 10-day assessment of the region by urging the countries affected by the 2004 disaster to do more to protect human rights. Schwartz commended the eff....... [more]

India, Indonesia reject tsunami relief rights abuse report
February 2, 2006
Both India and Indonesia have rejected a report released Wednesday by human rights groups claiming that relief efforts for the devastating 2004 tsunami were marred by numerous violations of the rights of survivors. Both governments denied that women and minority groups such as the Dalits, the lowe....... [more]

Tsunami response human rights report [ActionAid]
February 1, 2006
Tsunami Response: A Human Rights Assessment, ActionAid International, February 1, 2006. Read the full text of the report. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here....... [more]

Human rights groups say tsunami relief campaign marred by abuses
February 1, 2006
Three human rights groups Wednesday criticized the global aid campaign created to assist those affected by the 2004 tsunami disaster, saying it has trampled on the human rights of many survivors. The Habitat International Coalition, the People's Movement for Human Rights Learning, a....... [more]


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