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7 Apr 2021

Kyodo News

Japan: Parliamentary group launched to draw up legislation that would impose sanctions on countries over human rights abuses

"Japan eyes legislation to enable sanctions over human rights abuses", 6 Apr 2021

Lawmakers from ruling and opposition parties launched a bipartisan group Tuesday to draw up legislation that will enable Japan to impose sanctions on countries over human rights abuses.

The move came in response to criticism that Japan has been slow to take action against such abuses occurring in China's far western Xinjiang region, Hong Kong and Myanmar, even after the United States and other Western countries have imposed sanctions.


The parliamentary group confirmed its intention to adopt a Diet resolution calling for the immediate halt to human rights infringements in China and Myanmar.

It agreed to work toward the passage of a bill that will allow Japan to impose sanctions, such as asset freezes, on individuals and entities involved in such abuses.