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Sectors: Human Rights, Justice - Security

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Asia, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Asia : Japan


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Responsible: European Commission


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The global objective of this call for proposals is: to stimulate civil society-led activities aiming to facilitate common understanding and tackling issues related to the abolition of the death penalty.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To promote awareness of the criminal justice system in relation to the death penalty in Japan in line with regional and international trends.  

Among financed actions
Information and awareness-raising campaigns:
– Mainstream information about the death penalty in Japan, as well as international and regional trends and the criminal justice system using diverse communication channels (traditional and social media). 
– Organise debates at universities, high schools and other public spaces targeting students and other relevant groups.
– Develop tools/curricula, in Japanese, to facilitate debate in universities and high schools.
– Screen relevant documentaries for the general public and/or relevant groups.
– Organise seminars, workshops, meetings etc., targeting Members of the Diet, local authorities and other relevant decision-makers including to encourage the Japanese Diet to provide leadership and take the initiative in creating public debate on the death penalty, to consider alternatives to the death penalty including the rehabilitation of criminals to push for the creation of a Human Rights Commission as well as respect standards established in the major UN international human rights treaties.
– Strengthen civil society capacity to raise awareness, exchange information and network.
– Create strong links with media and help contribute to critical reporting towards the death penalty, encourage mature debate as well as to highlight Japan’s important role in setting trends in Asia for example in the context of broader democratic practices, respect for the rule of law and promotion of human rights.