Jan 30, 2014

East Asia tensions on display at U.N. Security Council

The tensions gripping East Asia flared Wednesday at a U.N. Security Council debate on war and peace. China, along with North and South Korea, blamed Japan for the deepening animosity and lambasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war ...

Jan 22, 2014

China, Koreas rap Japan over history at U.N. meet

Representatives from China and the two Koreas criticized Japan over historical issues at a Monday executive board meeting of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Japanese officials at the world body said. Their criticism was leveled at Prime Minister ...

U.N. bill to give children a voice on violations

Jan 15, 2014

U.N. bill to give children a voice on violations

A new legal instrument will soon allow children from 10 countries to complain to a key U.N. committee if they believe their human rights have been violated. The optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child received the required 10th ratification ...

Nov 6, 2013

China at U.N. demands 'accurate' nuclear account from Japan

China is demanding that Japan provide “accurate” information on how it is handling new fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. China told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that it is worried about radioactive water leaks from the Fukushima No. 1 plant. “China follows ...

Oct 25, 2013

Human rights experts rap U.N. report on Fukushima radiation

Human rights experts, including a U.N. special rapporteur, are criticizing a U.N. scientific report dismissing concerns about the effects of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the Japanese public. Speaking Thursday at an event organized by U.S. and Japanese nongovernmental groups, U.N. special ...

Oct 11, 2013

Japan to finally sign anti-nukes statement

Japan will sign for the first time a joint statement to be issued at the United Nations calling on countries not to use nuclear weapons under any circumstances, government sources said Thursday. Similar U.N. statements have been drafted three times before, but Japan refused ...