LifeGate interviews CEMiPoS Director Hiroshi Maruyama in their report on Upopoy, The Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony, as they explore the controversy surrounding its construction.
At the Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies, we stand in solidarity with the Ainu community and condemn the opening of Upopoy. In the following statement, we outline our criticism of the museum from a number of different angles to assert that the museum is in fact another instance of ideological exhibition for the Japanese nation and has not been developed in the interest of the Ainu.
CEMiPoS researchers have contributed comments on the EMRIP's Study on the Right to Land under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Report on the Right to Repatriation of ceremonial objects, human remains, and intangible resources under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The EMRIP was established in 2007 …
CEMiPoS lifetime collaborator Kamrul Hossain provide a legal opinion on the rights of indigenous peoples as they apply to the Ainu people, to which Japan is under obligation to uphold within the framework of international human rights law.
CEMiPoS and the Citizens’ Alliance for the Examination of Ainu Policy have submitted a report to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples about the Ainu people's right to the repatriation of ceremonial objects and human remains. From the OHCHR Website: "The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is preparing …
CEMiPoS director Hiroshi Maruyama critiques guidelines for the ethical research of indigenous peoples co-written by the Anthropological Society of Japan, the Japanese Archaeological Association, and the Japan Society of Cultural Anthropology. He explains that the new guidelines, written without the appropriate consultation of Ainu, do not sufficiently outline a process for repatriating Ainu ancestral remains, and therefore do not respect the rights guaranteed to indigenous peoples by UN Covenants.
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Read CEMiPoS founder Hiroshi Maruyama and researcher Leni Charbonneau's joint article published for the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center.