What is the SNSRL

The Support Network for State Redress Lawsuits in Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the SNSRL”), which is known as the Kokubai Network in Japanese. The SNSRL is one of NGOs working for securing human rights in Japan. The network has been exchanging experiences and facilitating mutual assistance concerning lawsuits for damage compensation and apology under the State Redress Law concerning damage from unlawful execution of power by the state or local governments. After experiencing frequent occurrences of false accusation cases around 1971, plaintiffs of lawsuits demanding compensation/consolation money after acquittal established this network in 1989. For your reference, the State Redress Law was enacted in 1946 under Article 17 of the Constitution of Japan.