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Japan’s lower house on Tuesday adopted a rare resolution expressing concern over the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang region and Hong Kong, underscoring its focus on the issue just days before the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

While the House of Representatives resolution on “serious human rights situations” in Xinjiang and elsewhere did not directly blame China or use the term “human rights abuses,” it did hold Beijing accountable and called for the constructive engagement of the Japanese government.

“We regard changes to the status quo by force, symbolized in grave human rights situations, as a threat to the international community,” the resolution said.

The photo taken on February 1, 2022 shows a plenary session of the Japanese House of Representatives in Tokyo that adopted an unusual resolution expressing concern about the human rights situation in the Chinese region of Xinjiang and Hong Kong. (kyodo) == kyodo

He referred to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Tibet, Inner Mongolia and Hong Kong, among other areas, noting the international community’s concern over violations of freedom of religion and imprisonment in China.

The resolution also emphasized that human rights issues go beyond the internal affairs of a country and are of interest to the entire international community, saying that there are people who claim to be under oppression and other countries are offering them support in response.

The House of Councilors is expected to adopt a similar resolution after the Olympics, according to a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

The lower house resolution urged the Japanese government to collect information to understand the full picture of serious human rights situations.

He also asked Japan to work closely with other countries to monitor and implement comprehensive measures to save people.

The LDP initially considered using the phrase “denounce human rights abuses” in the resolution, but it was revised in response to a request from its allied coalition party Komeito, which conventionally values ​​Japan-China relations.

Human rights problems in China have drawn attention recently, with major democracies including the United States, Britain and Australia announcing diplomatic boycotts of the Olympics over alleged human rights abuses.

Under the move, Japan will not send a government delegation, but will instead send Seiko Hashimoto, a lawmaker from the House of Councilors and chairman of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics held last summer, and two others.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government apparently thought Hashimoto’s attendance would strike a balance with China, which sent Gou Zhongwen, head of China’s General Administration of Sport, to the Tokyo Olympics.

Japan's lower house expresses concern over China's human rights

Japan's lower house expresses concern over China's human rights

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