Adoption of the Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly
December 21, 2012
- On December 21 (20 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 (for the eighth consecutive year) for the first time by consensus without a vote at the Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
- This 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 abductions issue urgently, including immediate return of abductees.
- To improve the human rights situation in the DPRK, it is important for the international community to cooperate and continue to urge the DPRK to make concrete actions toward the improvement of its human rights situation. The adoption of the resolution by consensus at the Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly, composed of all UN member states, indicates that strong concern at the human rights situation in the DPRK including the abductions issue remains, and The Government of Japan considers that the adoption sent a clear message from the international community urging the DPRK to improve the situation.
- The Government of Japan will continue to urge that the DPRK will 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 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.)