Feb 8, 2016

Controversial minister to become Australia's rights envoy

The former Australian immigration minister who began the widely condemned policy of sending asylum seekers to Pacific island detention camps will become Australia’s first special envoy for human rights, the government said Monday. During his 1996-2003 tenure as immigration minister, Philip Ruddock, the second-longest-serving ...

U.N. expert discusses North Korea abductions with kin, Japan ministers

Jan 19, 2016

U.N. expert discusses North Korea abductions with kin, Japan ministers

U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman on Monday discussed Pyongyang’s past abductions of Japanese nationals with Japanese ministers and relatives of abductees during his visit to Tokyo. “Japan does not intend to close the window for dialogue with North Korea,” Katsunobu Kato, ...

Dec 11, 2015

Gifu assemblyman retracts jeer against gays

As the nation gradually addresses human rights issues involving sexual minorities, including whether to recognize same-sex unions as legitimate marriages, the changes are stirring a sense of crisis in some politicians. A member of the Gifu Prefectural Assembly held a news conference Friday to ...