ITEM 4 General Debate
Statement by Ambassador Mitsuko SHINO
The Permanent Mission of Japan
Thank you, Mr. Vice-President.
Japan has already stated its position on the human rights situations in Syria and Myanmar during the respective interactive dialogues.
With regard to North Korea, it was of great significance that the abductions issue was raised at the US-North Korea summit. Japan continues to call upon all UN member states to pay careful attention to the views of the international community expressed in a series of relevant resolutions and take concrete actions.
As we mentioned in our statement under Item 2, 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 will continue to engage with other countries concerned and work tirelessly for the protection and promotion of human rights in our region and elsewhere in the world.
At this juncture, Japan would like to touch upon the United States’ resignation of its membership in the Human Rights Council. The United States stated that it will continue to lead in this field as a champion of human rights. As we continue to witness serious human rights situation in many parts of the world, we believe that the United States can indeed play a significant role in the field of human rights, and expect the United States to continue to show leadership for the protection and promotion of human rights in the international arena.
I thank you, Mr. Vice-President.