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Gist of LDP project team’s recommendations on human rights policy

  • May 22, 2021
  • , Sankei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

The following is the gist of recommendations made by the Liberal Democratic Party’s human rights project team and approved by the party’s Foreign Affairs Division and others on May 21.

 

Short-term goals (1-2 years)

 

  • Make necessary preparations in the legal framework to join the Genocide Convention.
  • Be more aggressive in applying the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (Foreign Exchange Law), which stipulates the freezing of assets and other measures against foreign entities.
  • Consider a new legal framework, such as a “law that permits sanctions to be imposed for human rights reasons” at the discretion of the government.
  • Mull creating guidelines and legislature on “human rights due diligence,” in which corporations ensure their suppliers are not violating human rights.
  • Expand options to support human rights within the framework of official development assistance (ODA).
  • Take the initiative within the UN and provide support to UN investigations on human rights abuses to ascertain the real situation of human rights abuses.
  • Strengthen the support system for those from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Hong Kong, and Myanmar, where serious human rights violations are being reported. Look into the whereabouts of China-based family members of Uyghurs who have become naturalized Japanese.

 

Mid- and long-term goals

 

  • Begin bilateral discussions on human rights issues with China, Myanmar, Iran, and others.
  • Reform the current immigration system to better accommodate refugees seeking protection.
  • Build public consensus on promoting human rights diplomacy.

 

Systems to be enhanced

 

  • Strengthen information-gathering capabilities led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Establish a team consisting of high-level political leaders (ministers, senior-vice ministers, and parliamentary vice-ministers) to oversees cross-agency efforts on human rights diplomacy.
  • Appoint officials in charge of human rights at Japan’s diplomatic missions overseas.
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