Global Campaign to defend Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

    Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is a “No War” clause. It went into effect on May 3, 1947, immediately after World War II. In the article text, the Japanese Government formally renounce war as a right of sovereignty and the refusal to settle disputes using military force. The article also states that military forces with war potential will not be maintained.

    Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, which renounces war as a means of settling international disputes and prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and other war potential, is more than just a provision of the Japanese law — it acts as an international peace mechanism towards reductions in military spending, promotion of nuclear-weapon-free zones, ending violence against women, supporting conflict prevention, and mitigating the negative environmental impact of the military.

    The Japanese governement has plans to abolish art. 9. IADL participates in the Global Campaign to Defend art. 9.

    Statements and Resolutions

    15 August 2015International Association of Democratic Lawyers opposes move to war in Japan

    The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a non-governmental organization with consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), and with affiliates throughout the globe, has supported, for the last four decades, Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan. Article 9 outlaws war as...

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    12 June 2012Submission of the IADL on the Report of the Advisory Committee on the Human Right to Peace

    The International Association of Democratic Lawyers made the following submission on the right to peace to the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a non-governmental organization of thousands of lawyers and jurists world-wide, welcomes the work of the Advisory Committee...

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    25 June 2010Declaration of the International Conference to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Stockholm Appeal : 1950-2010

    IADL organised a conference in Paris to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Stockholm Appeal against Nuclear Weapons. The conference issued the following declaration: Paris, Bourse du Travail, June 19, 2010 On June 18 and 19 2010, democratic lawyers and peace activists from around the world met in Paris...

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    29 June 2005Resolution on Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan by the Paris Congress June 2005

    The 16th Congress of IADL held in Paris in June 2005 adopted a resolution to defend art. 9 of the Japanese Constitution. WE, the Lawyers, participating in the XVIth Congress and General Assembly of the IADL in Paris, on June 7 to 11,2005, and having in mind our long...

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    Campaign News

    12 January 2007Launching Statement of the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War

    The Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War was initiated by a coalition of individuals based in Japan, from a wide range of fields of expertise. Featured here is their joint statement , made to launch the planning of the Conference. Article 9, in its simplest form, is the...

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    2 May 2008Global Article 9 campaign Background

    Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution renounces war as a means of settling international disputes and prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and other war potential. Article 9 is an international oath declaring No to War, a shared property of all the world’s citizens who wish for peace. Today,...

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    3 May 2008Article 9’s global scope

    Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is not just a provision of the Japanese law; it also acts as an international peace mechanism towards reductions in military spending, promotion of nuclear-weapon-free zones, ending violence against women, supporting conflict prevention, and mitigating the negative environmental impact of the military. Pacifism...

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    Background documents on the Article 9 Campaign

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