29th Session of UPR, Review of Romania, Ambassador Mitsuko SHINO, The Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva (16 January 2018)

UPR of Romania - Statement of Japan
Ambassador Mitsuko SHINO
The Permanent Mission of Japan
16 January 2018

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

 Japan welcomes the efforts of the Government of Romania to combat human trafficking through revisions to relevant laws and activities to raise awareness on prevention of trafficking of children.

 Japan further welcomes the government’s re-establishment in 2014 of the National Authority for the Protection of the Rights of Children and Adoption, and its promotion of related legislation for the protection of children.

 Japan would like to make the following three recommendations.

 First, toward the eradication of human trafficking, we recommend that the government steadily implement the relevant domestic laws and its national strategy, and ratify, as soon as possible, the international convention for the protection of all persons from enforced disappearances.

 Second, we recommend that the government introduce effective policies to address the issue of the large numbers of abandoned children left behind by parents working abroad.

 Finally, toward the elimination of discrimination against the Roma, we recommend that the government steadily implement its strategy for the inclusion of Romanian citizens belonging to Roma minority 2015-2020, and strengthen of education-related initiatives, such as the promotion of education for Roma children.

I thank you, Mr. Vice President.