Dynamics of International Human Rights in Japan


  • Kohki Abe Kanagawa University




Japan, Canada, human rights, law, policy, judiciary, refugees, NGOs


Starting with a preliminary evaluation of Canadian human rights practices, the author critically traces the development of international human rights in Japan. While the country has been affected 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 call 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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Abe, K. (1999). Dynamics of International Human Rights in Japan. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 18(2), 22–31. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.22011

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