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

November 22, 2011
Japanese

  1. Today, on Tuesday, November 22 (Monday, November 21 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 the seventh consecutive year at the Third Committee of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, which is currently meeting 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 all 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, indicates that concern about 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 the immediate return of abductees, and to cooperate with the international community, including the acceptance of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, by sincerely responding to the voice of the international community expressed in the resolution.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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