Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights

April 15, 2005

  1. On April 14, at the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, a Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which Japan drafted and submitted in cooperation with the EU, was adopted by a majority, as was last year and the year before last.
  2. This year's Resolution, whose contents are stronger than last year's, for example in requesting the immediate return of the abductee's and urging other UN bodies, in particular the General Assembly, to take up the question of the situation of human rights in the DPRK if improvement of the situation is not observed, was adopted with more votes in support than last year. Japan appreciates the adoption as it demonstrates that the international community has come to share the view that the DPRK's human rights issues including the abduction issue are what the international community in concert should request the DPRK to solve.
  3. Japan strongly hopes that the DPRK will sincerely listen to the voice of the international community indicated in the resolution and truthfully make efforts for the improvement of human rights including the solution of the abduction issue and cooperation with the Special Rapporteur.
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