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Japan joins international declaration against arbitrary detention

  • February 16, 2021
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NHK reported this afternoon that the International Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations led by Canada was released on Monday, saying it has been endorsed by 58 nations, including the U.S., Japan and the European countries. The network said that while the declaration expresses strong concern that “the arbitrary arrest or detention of foreign nationals to compel action or to exercise leverage over a foreign government is contrary to international law,” it does not mention any cases of arbitrary detention or countries, adding, however, that Reuters quoted a Canadian official as saying the initiative was sparked by concern over arrests of foreigners by China, Iran, Russia and North Korea. The network also reported that Secretary of State Blinken said in a statement that the declaration “sends a clear message that history remains on the side of human rights and the rule of law—not the cynical use of law as a political tool” and called on all like-minded countries to join the initiative.

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