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CNDP Statement against India’s Denial of Visa to Fukushima Victim

by CNDP, 9 March 2012

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Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP)

March 08, 2012

Statement against Denial of Visa to Fukushima Victim Maya Kobayashi

The Indian Embassy in Japan has denied visa to Maya Kobayashi, a resident of Fukushima in Japan. World’s first multiple reactor core-failure happened in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants on March 11 last year. Greenpeace India had invited Ms. Kobayashi to share her experience with Indian people, particularly the communities in areas where new reactors are being set up.

While the Government of India is planning massive expansion of nuclear energy mainly through imported reactors and international nuclear corporate giants like Areva have no problem in openly communicating with policy makers, politicians and public at large, it is ridiculous that the government is denying Indian people from understanding the other part of the story.

We strongly oppose this undemocratic onslaught on people’s right to know, organize and communicate. We demand that the visa to Ms. Maya Kobayashi be reinstated at the earliest.


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