Adoption of the Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in DPRK at the Plenary Meeting of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly
December 19, 2014
1. On December 19 (December 18 local time), at the Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly currently being held in New York, the Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK, co-tabled by Japan and the European Union (EU), was put to vote and adopted (for the 10 consecutive years) by 116 affirmative votes (53 abstention and 20 opposing votes).
2. The content of this year’s resolution is stronger than the past Resolutions on the Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK that were adopted at the Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly. This resolution is based on a report released in February this year by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK (COI) established by the UN Human Rights Council, and on the Human Rights Council’s Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK adopted by majority vote in March this year.
3. The adoption of the resolution demonstrates the international community’s strong concerns about human rights violations in the DPRK, including the abductions issue. Japan strongly hopes that the situation of the human rights in the DPRK would be improved, including the early resolution of the abductions issue, and continues to make efforts to improve the situation of the human rights in the DPRK, in cooperation with the international community.