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So-Called ‘Eco-Piracy’ And Interventions By NGOs To Protest Against Scientific Research Whaling On The High Seas: An Evaluation Of The Japanese Position

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Japan has consistently moved to restrict organisations like Greenpeace in their ability to criticise and peacefully protest against its whaling industry. Peaceful protests at sea have been depicted as acts of violence, piracy or even terrorism and these qualifications have subsequently been used to call for far-reaching restrictions and counter-measures in the Japanese Parliament, at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) and to exert pressure on flag States. This chapter explores some of the incidents that have served most prominently as a justification for these qualifications and concluded that the allegations of violent and unsafe conduct against Greenpeace in the whaling context are unfounded and in fact involved instances of legitimate peaceful protest against a practice which itself may be illegal.

Keywords:International Maritime Organization (IMO); International Whaling Commission (IWC); Japan; piracy; whaling industry



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