Kanae Doi rebuts the image of human rights activists

In this video from a recent Tedx Tokyo event, Human Rights Watch’s Kanae Doi talks about the negative image of “scary” human rights activists and explains what she actually does — i.e. making sure people aren’t tortured — and how her interest in issues took her to Eritrea. I think she’s great; one of my local heroes.

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  1. Why would refugees from Afghanistan or Africa want to move to Japan? There is no way they would be accepted into Japanese society. They wouldn’t fit in unless they learned Japanese and abandoned their old culture. Even then, they wouldn’t be accepted by the Japanese. At best, they would be tolerated. Why not just let them go to the U.S. or Europe? Maybe Japan should help refugees, but why not help by providing financial or logistical aid, not by putting refugees into ridiculous situations. It’s a nice thought, I suppose, but totally ridiculous.
    I did think it was interesting that she realized after three years in Africa that she couldn’t trust the African Eritrean government to actually accept Western ideas about human rights. She said that she gave up on trying to help governments. Yet she is trying to get the Japanese government to try to accept foreign refugees… after all the horrific human rights abuses and war crimes that the Japanese have been responsible for over the years? Maybe it’s a long-term plan to change Japan’s image.
    Thanks Tokyo Mango.