* Profile of JALISA *
When the 1st Asian Lawyers' Conference convened on the initiative
of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) in
Calcutta in January 1955, Japanese lawyers dispatched a delegation
to this Conference. In due course, the preparatory activities for
the Conference led to the foundation of the Japan Lawyers International
Solidarity Association (JALISA) in April 1957. The Association becomes
a member of IADL soon after to engage in international solidarity
activities as one of leading organizations of democratic lawyers
The Association has not only sent its delegation to various international
conferences, but has also endeavored to establish friendly relations
with democratic lawyers of many countries.
As lawyers of Japan, the only A-bombed country in the world, it
has also pursued efforts for the elimination of nuclear Weapons.
Recognizing the perilous situations in the world today, i.e. the
continued presence of nuclear weapons and military blocks in spite
of the end of the cold war, and the pursuance of profits by giant
capitals etc., threatening the people's existence worthy of human
dignity on a global scale, and being caused by the policy of the
governments concerned, the Association deems it its grave mission
to eradicate such threats and in justice.
Thus, in order to realize freedom, justice and peace in the wor1d,
to establish unalienable rights of self-determination of all nations
and peoples, to establish the rights of all peoples to live in equality
and peace, to realize the ideal of "existence worthy of human
dignity" as a universal standard of the value held by the world,
and to establish the right to enjoy a rich nature and environment,
the Association shall promote activities of exchange and solidarity
with lawyers and lawyer organizations all over the world. In performing
these solidarity activities, we are always based on the ideals of
peace and human rights, which are set forth in the Charter of the
United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the
International Covenants on Human Rights, the Charter of World Nature,
the Constitution of Japan, etc.
The Association is continuing its activities in cooperation with
many democratic lawyer organizations at home, taking a role as an
interface to link various domestic activities for peace, democracy
and human rights on an international level.
I. Participation in Various International Conferences
The Association dispatches its delegates to various international
lawyers conferences for peace, democracy and human rights, including
conferences sponsored by IADL.
II. Reinforcement Of lntercommunications and Solidarity Activities
with Democratic Lawyers across the world. . .
The Association has promoted c.3mmunications and solildarity activities
with democratic lawyers and lawyer organizations of
various countries of the world, from the standpoint, of achieving
and guarding peace and human rights.
Particularly, emphasis is placed on perpetual contact with PPL and
on solidarity activities with lawyers from countries in Asia.
The "Committee on Asia" was formed in the Board. By doing
so, the Association is engaged in the preparatory activities to
pave the way for the holding of the next conference of Lawyers of
Asia and the Pacific in Japan.
III. Supporting Activities of NELAP
According to the communique of COLAP II, we are making preparations
to establish the Network of Lawyers and the Pacific for Human Rights
IV. Activities to Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Being lawyers of the only A-bombed country in the world, we are
engaged in the activities to abolish nuclear weapons and Support
Hibakusha (A-bombed survivors). We also participate in various conferences
and symposiums, as well as in petition campaigns to the United Nations
for that purpose. We are also supporting IAIJANA and World Court
Project against nuclear Weapons.
V. Various Research Activities
We have been active as a pivotal member of the Organizing Committee
of the "Serial Symposia on the Tokyo International Tribunal
(1946-1948)" which started in June 1986. So far, ten symposiums
were held with positive results. Recently, we have formed a committee
to study South Africa's apartheid problem.
The Kansai Branch, in area of Osaka, Robe and Kyoto and the Tokai
Branch in area of Nagoya are actively contributing to the overall
activities of the Association. Although other branches have not
been formed as yet in other regions, the Association is planning
to form them in the near future.
VII. Publication Activities including the issue of a Bulletin
We formed the "Editing Committee" and are issuing the@Bulletin
"Interjurist" eight times a year. The "Interjurist"
carries important information and data, and promotes communication
among the members. We also published reports on most of the international
conferences in which our delegates participated, and a book, collecting
essays and memoirs of members of the Association, entitled "Jinrui
ni ashita are" (May Humanity Have Future) in commemoration
of the 30th anniversary of the Association. At present, we are engaged
in compiling a history of the Association since its inception. We
also published, "For Peace, a Better Environment and Human
Rights" (the proceedings of COLAP II) in September 1993.
The finance of the Association is managed primarily through membership
fees, but in part through contributions and revenues from undertakings,
including publications. The Association will not receive any financial
assistance from the government or other corporations. It is under
independent management, based purely on the volunteer spirit.