Dec 23, 2014

U.N. Security Council takes up North Korea's human rights

The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea’s bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. This appears to be the first ...

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

This week’s revelations about the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorism suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks have been met with a collective shrug in most parts of the Middle East, where they merely reinforced a long-held view of American brutality — ...

Nov 19, 2014

U.N. panel blasts North Korea's human rights violations

A United Nations committee has passed a draft resolution introduced by Japan and the European Union that denounces North Korea’s human rights violations. The draft resolution seeks to refer Pyongyang’s record to the International Criminal Court — although the chances of realizing such move ...

New justice minister against outlawing hate speech

Nov 6, 2014

New justice minister against outlawing hate speech

by Tomohiro Osaki

The newly appointed justice minister on Thursday gave clues as to her priorities in office, restating the ministry’s intention to clean up a discredited foreign trainees program but saying she is disinclined to outlaw hate speech. Asked about the death penalty, Yoko Kamikawa paused ...