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Universal Periodic Review 28: Japan

This UK statement was delivered during the 28th session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Japan's Human Rights Record on 14 November 2017.

The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The UK welcomes Japan’s continued commitment to human rights both domestically and internationally. However, we remain concerned at the continued application of the death penalty. We encourage the Government to consider a moratorium and abolition, as well as alternatives to the death penalty and how to provide adequate support for victims and their families.

We welcome Japan’s efforts to end the scourge of modern slavery, including ratification of the Palermo Convention and the Trafficking in Persons Protocol; and endorsement of the UK Prime Minister’s Call To Action in September this year.

We further request Japan’s support in relaying to all Member States the need to maintain high quality membership in UN human rights Treaty Bodies.

We have three recommendations:

  1. Introduce a moratorium and instigate a public debate on the abolition of the death penalty, while also addressing how best to support victims and their families.

  2. Continue to strengthen oversight of its Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) in order to ensure migrant workers participating in the programme receive full protection and support commensurate with the Government of Japan’s international obligations

  3. Adopt an open, merit-based selection process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections.

Published 14 November 2017