Resolution calling for the immediate return of abductees at the United Nations General Assembly adopted for 16 consecutive years November 19 at 12:50 p.m.
A resolution calling for the immediate return of abductees to North Korea was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly for the 16th consecutive year, re-expressing the concerns of the international community about North Korea’s human rights abuses.
This was submitted by Japan, the EU, the United States and others to the committee of the United Nations General Assembly, and the resolution was adopted without a vote with the support of the majority on the 18th.
This is the 16th consecutive year that a resolution has been adopted.
The resolution expressed serious concern over North Korea’s human rights abuses, saying it “condemns in the strongest words the violations of human rights that have been systematic and widespread over the years,” and on the abduction issue, it “informs families of accurate and detailed information about the victims’ whereiles have been made and strongly calls for the immediate return of abductees.”
Tetsuya Kimura, Ambassador for Social Affairs, said, “It’s heart-deeply sad to imagine the grief of a family that has been working hard for more than 40 years to rescue their children,” referring to the death of abductees Keiko Arimoto’s mother, Kayoko, and Megumi Yokota’s father, Megumi Yokota. There is not a moment’s delay,” he said, uing countries to cooperate in resolving the abduction issue.
Meanwhile, some countries, such as North Korea and China, expressed opposition, of which North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Kim Sung said, “This is a political ploy and has nothing to do with defending human rights,” and expressed his willingness to reject the resolution as before.
Chief Cabinet Secretary “Welcome as Japanese Government: Working together with the international community to foster momentum”
At a press conference in the morning of May 19, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato said, “We welcome the Japanese government. It shows that the international community continues to have strong concerns about the human rights situation in North Korea, including the abduction issue.”
On that basis, he said, “Cooperation and unity with the international community are very important in resolving the abduction issue, and we want to foster momentum. I would like to call on North Korea to listen sincerely to the voices of the international community and take concrete action to resolve the abduction issue as soon as possible. We have a strong sense that there will be no time to lose, and we will do our best to realize the return of all abductees as soon as possible.”