Political & Security Issues
Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance, Refugees
October 6, 2014
Japan and United Nations Activities on Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born to be free and have rights to live with dignity. Many people in the world, however, are not able to enjoy these rights. The United Nations has thus engaged itself in activities to improve human rights situations. Japan has strongly supported UN activities in the human rights field, believing that all human rights are universal.
UN Human Rights Instruments
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
- Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Strengthening the foundations of democracy promotes the participation of people in governance and development and also leads to the protection and promotion of human rights.
The Japanese Government has been actively supporting efforts of developing countries toward democratization and the transition to market-oriented economies.