Dynamics of International Human Rights in Japan

Kohki Abe


Starting with a preliminary evaluation
of Canadian human rights practices, the
author critically traces the development
of international human rights ih Japan.
While the country has been aflfcted favourably
by the newly-emerging international
human rights regime, judicial
reluctance to acknowledge the relevance
of human dignity leads the author to conclude
that there is still a long way to go
in achieving the desired situation. The
article ends with a calI for the acceptance
of treaty-based individual petition procedures,
which in his view may effectively
induce the judiciary to open up to
the universal norms for the protection of
human rights.

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