Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Appointment of Ms. Louise Arbour as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

February 26, 2004

  1. Japan welcomes the news that on February 25 Ms. Louise Arbour, a Canadian Supreme Court Justice and ex-prosecutor of United Nations war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, was approved as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights by the UN General Assembly.

  2. Japan supports the activities of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, as it promotes "human security" so that each and every person in the world can lead a life with dignity. Japan intends to extend positive support to Ms. Arbour so that she can play an active role in establishing the rule of law and promoting and protecting fundamental human rights.


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