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U.S. withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

  • June 21, 2018
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All national dailies reported on the Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday that the United States has decided to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. Asahi and Yomiuri wrote that human rights activists have expressed concern that China may increase its influence in the council as a result of the U.S. withdrawal, with Yomiuri adding that there is concern that international pressure on North Korea and Syria over their human rights violations could weaken due to the U.S. departure from the council. Mainichi wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told a press briefing on Wednesday that Japan appreciates the council’s role in protecting human rights in the world. However, he refrained from commenting on the U.S. government’s decision to withdraw from the council by saying that it is not appropriate for him to comment on other nations’ involvement in international organizations.

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