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Calls grow for GOJ to take action against human rights situation in Xinjiang  

  • February 11, 2021
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Thursday’s Asahi reported that calls are growing among the ruling and opposition parties for the GOJ to take a tougher stance against human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Chinese government. The paper said that although the GOJ has expressed “grave concern” over human rights violations in the region, some members of the ruling and opposition parties are urging the GOJ to take concrete actions. According to the daily, the LDP’s Japan-Uyghur Diet members’ league decided on Wednesday to expand the group to a nonpartisan league and to seek to adopt a resolution at the Diet urging the GOJ to take actions against human rights violations overseas. Meanwhile, the paper said the Japan Parliamentary Alliance on China (JPAC) compiled a statement criticizing the Chinese government for its grave violations of human rights and urged the GOJ to make efforts to find out what is actually happening. The paper also said that a nonpartisan group is expected to be established soon to seek to enact a Japanese version of the U.S. Magnitsky Act, which would allow Japan to impose sanctions on parties it deems guilty of human rights abuses overseas. The daily added that some are also calling for the GOJ to ratify the Genocide Convention. Sankei and Mainichi carried similar reports. 

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