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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

We welcome the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN…
Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017.
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28th session of the UPR

This submission highlights key areas of concern regarding Japan’s compliance with its international human rights obligations since its previous Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) in 2012 and 2008: disability rights, discrimination and bullying based on…
A 20 year old Japanese woman who was bullied by her classmates in junior high school holds a notebook displaying the message...
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Accused of not being “girly enough,” she was frequently swarmed by students and beaten with a roll of paper. Her teachers witnessed the abuse again and again but did nothing. She begged her junior high classmates for help -- but they told her to endure…
A 20 year old Japanese woman who was bullied by her classmates in junior high school holds a notebook displaying the message...
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Urge Members of Human Rights Council to Establish Commission

(Tokyo) ­– The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), consisting of over 40 leading human rights organizations and activists, today welcomes Japan’s strong position in favor of the establishment of a new United…
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UN Rights Council Should Take Action on Japan’s Call

(Tokyo) – Japan’s official decision to support the establishment of a new United Nations inquiry mechanism on human rights violations in North Korea is an important step toward the establishment of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations…
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Letter to Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe

  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan Re:  The Central Role of Japan in Addressing Human Rights Abuses in North Korea   Dear Prime MinisterAbe,  On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I wish to congratulate you on your recent…
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UN Investigation Needed to Document “Systematic and Egregious” Rights Abuses

  (Geneva) – Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should vote to establish a commission of inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea when the matter comes up before the February-March session of the council, said Human Rights…
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UN Values Under Threat

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), well known for deciding world heritages, is in the middle of a controversy surrounding a "dictator" prize. In 2008, UNESCO created an award called the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema…
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Burma’s Generals Are Sitting Pretty After One Year of the Bloody Crackdown

There's one country that we're pretty sure won't make it into any of the US presidential debates nor Japan's up-coming general election debates. Despite all the noise and widespread condemnation just one year ago during the regime's brutal crackdown,…
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UN Vote Upholds Council Membership Standards on Rights

(New York) – UN member states enforced the standards they established for the new Human Rights Council by not re-electing Sri Lanka to the body today. Domestic and international human rights advocates who had opposed Sri Lanka’s re-election to the council…
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Up Against the Military

The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, Paulo Pinheiro, was forced to cut short a mission to Burma last month when a bugging device was discovered in a room where he was interviewing political prisoners. The aborted UN mission is a symptom…