Saturday, October 25, 2014

Don't deprive us of the right to know! ~ Protest against Cabinet's approval of effectuation of State Secrets Law in December

A citizens' group aiming at the abolishment of State Secrets Law staged a protest against the cabinet's approval of the operation guidelines for the law outside the prime minister's office on Oct. 14. “No! to the cabinet's decision!” “Don't deprive us of the right to know!” – About 20 people gathered for a rally started at 8 am and raised their voice. The cabinet, rushing to the effectuation of the law in December, also adopted an order to effectuate the law on Dec. 10 irrespective of the strong opposition from the general public. Lawyer KAIDO Yuichi and Social Democrat Upper House member FUKUSHIMA Mizuho were among the protesters surrounded by a large number of policemen.  “This law has no system to protect whistle-blowers.  Though we could not stop the enactment of this wrong legislation, let's not give up and do our best to abolish the law,” said Kaido.  (By the Committee to Abolish the State Secret Law)

「秘密保護法」廃止へ!実行委員会は1014日、 「秘 密法運用基準の閣議決定を許すな!官邸前行動」を行った。集まった実行委メンバーや市民団 体約20人が「閣議決定反対」「知る権利を奪うな」などと声を張り上げ、年内施行に突き進む政権に対して思いをぶつけた。こうした行動に もかかわらず、政府は午前中の閣議で運用基準を決定。1210日施行の政令も決定し 施行を強行する姿勢を崩していない。午前8時からの官邸前行動は、海渡雄一弁護士、社民党の福島みずほ参院議員が駆けつけ、多数の警察官 が厳重に警戒するなか実施した。海渡弁護士は「この法律には救済策がなく内部通 報者が守られない。間違った制度が作られてしまったが、あきらめないで廃止へ頑張ろう」とあいさつ。(「秘密保護法」廃止へ!実行委員 会)

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