The Adoption at the Third Committee, United Nations General Assembly, of the Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

November 20, 2009
Japanese

  1. On the afternoon of November 19 (local time), the Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which was co-tabled by Japan and the European Union (EU) was adopted by majority vote for five consecutive years at the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
     
  2. The resolution expresses very serious concern at various violations of human rights in the DPRK and strongly urges the DPRK to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to resolve the abduction issue urgently, including the immediate return of abductees.
     
  3. To improve the human rights situation in the DPRK, it is essential for the international community to work in cooperation to continue encouraging the DPRK to take concrete actions towards improvement. The Government of Japan considers that the adoption of the resolution supported by a large number of votes at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, composed of all UN member states, for five consecutive years indicates that concern at the human rights situation in the DPRK, including the abduction issue, remains strong, and sends a clear message from the international community urging the DPRK to improve the situation.
     
  4. The Government of Japan will continue to urge the DPRK to take concrete actions to improve the human rights situation, including immediate return of abductees, and to cooperate with the international community, including the acceptance of the UN Special Rapporteur on the DPRK’s human rights situation, by sincerely responding to the voice of the international community expressed in the resolution.
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