CEMiPoS Statement on the Opening of the Upopoy

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 Submits Comments to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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 …

Joint Submission to the 13th session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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 …

A Critique of the Draft of Guidelines for Ethical Research: Towards the Decolonization of Indigenous Studies

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.