Anti-base maritime protest group wins human rights award

Anti-base maritime protest group wins human rights award

Protestors raising placards and chanting in chorus on the water in Henoko to protest new base construction – November 2020

November 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


The “33rd Tada Yoko Anti-Authority Human Rights Award,” which is bestowed on individuals and organizations for battling political authorities and protecting human rights, was awarded to the “Helipad opposition maritime team,” who have been protesting the new base construction in Henoko, which is part of the relocation of MCAS Futenma. The award’s financial steering committee announced the award on their homepage on November 16.

In 2005 the 17th bestowment of the award was won by the “Helipad Opposition Conference,” which worked to oppose the base construction plan.

The award’s financial committee recognized the maritime team’s resistance against unjust restrictions and oppression, while working to halt the base construction in canoes and protest boats with the help of on-shore support.

Koushin Nakamoto, 73, the director-general of the Helipad Opposition Conference, which includes the maritime team, said, “We were acknowledged for our tenacious non-violent fight on the water. We want to continue to win the encouragement of the people of Okinawa, disallow the continued landfilling activity, and protect our abundant nature.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)


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