ITEM 2 Interactive Dialogue with
the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Statement by Ambassador Mitsuko SHINO
The Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
Thank you, Mr. Vice-President.
Japan thanks you, Mr. High Commissioner, for your thorough oral update and your active involvement in addressing human rights issues. We remain concerned, however, that serious human rights situations continue to exist in the world and emphasize the increasing importance of OHCHR’s role.
As there are many approaches to human rights issues in different countries, we expect that OHCHR will continue to be an organization that plays a constructive role while maintaining trust from member states, as well as all other stakeholders, in order to address complex human rights issues. We also expect OHCHR to take this point into consideration in the reports it produces and publishes.
Japan is concerned that in the Asia Pacific region we continue to see repression of people’s fundamental freedoms, including those of human rights defenders and minorities. We are determined to continue to work tirelessly for the protection and promotion of human rights in our region and elsewhere in the world through engagement with other countries.
We expect that this Council and OHCHR will continue to play an important role as defenders of human rights and fundamental freedoms as the basic principles of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose 70th Anniversary we are celebrating this year.
Mr. High Commissioner,
We understand that this will be your last council session and that the selection process for a new High Commissioner has already begun. We sincerely appreciate your active involvement in human rights issues to date. In the same way as other member states, Japan has a high interest in the selection process of the new High Commissioner. We expect this process to be carried out in a transparent manner.
I thank you, Mr. Vice-President.