Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should press Thailand’s junta leader to end politically motivated arrests and censorship and ensure a rapid transition to democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha plans to visit Japan on March 13 and 14, 2015, to attend the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Thai military leader is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Abe and with Ban.
Japan’s overwhelming use of institutions instead of family-based care is failing thousands of vulnerable children by not preparing them for independent, productive lives in Japanese society, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.
The United States, Japan, and South Korea should formally endorse efforts to have the UN Security Council refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of a trip by President Barack Obama to Japan and South Korea.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan should give public prominence to human rights issues and concerns at the Japan-ASEAN summit, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the prime minister. Japan’s summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is scheduled to be held in Tokyo from December 13 to 15, 2013.
We are writing in advance of your meeting with the prime minister of Laos, Thongsing Thammavong, at the Japan-ASEAN Summit in Tokyo from December 13, 2013. We respectfully request that in your meeting with Prime Minister Thongsing that you raise the case of prominent civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who was abducted and forcibly disappeared in Vientiane on December 15, 2012.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan should raise concerns about the enforced disappearance of a prominent civil society leader in the prime minister’s meeting with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong at the Japan-Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International Japan, Mekong Watch, Empowerment For All Japan, and two other Japanese nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint letter to Prime Minister Abe.