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2017年07月31日 Statement

Statement of Not Dead Yet USA on the 1st Anniversary of the Sagamihara Murders

One year ago, 19 disabled people were brutally stabbed to death by a young man who justified his murderous attack by saying disabled people “live like animals, not humans” and that “it’s better that disabled disappear.” As we mourn, it would be wrong to dismiss this young murderer as uniquely “disturbed” or even “a monster.” Rather, his actions were simply the most extreme expression of the dehumanization, hatred and revulsion of disabled people still embedded in countless countries and cultures across the world. Disabled people are still often forced into crowded and unsanitary living conditions, barred from participation in society, and even killed. The killing of disabled people most often…

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2016年07月27日 Statement

Statement to Protest Knife Killing of People with Disabilities in Sagamihara, JAPAN

Tokyo, July 27, 2016 Statement to Protest Knife Killing of People with Disabilities in Sagamihara, JAPAN Midori Hirano Chairperson, DPI-JAPAN We, DPI-JAPAN, work with cross disability populations to advocate for society where people with and without disabilities can live equally. DPI-JAPAN is the organization of people with disabilities and has 91 affiliates across Japan. The tragedy of knife killing occurred on July 26, 2016 at institution for persons with disabilities in Sagamihara city. We express our deepest condolence to the victims who lost their lives and sympathy to those who were injured. Many details were still unclear till further investigation. However, some media reported that the suspect entered the institution…

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