At the UN Human Rights Council, They Don’t Buy Okinawan Activist’s Claims

  Hiroji Yamashiro, 64, the activist opposing the relocation of the United States military airfield at Futenma to Henoko in Nago City, got a lukewarm reception at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva recently.   He appeared on June 15, speaking about his 5-month detention back home—how he was “not allowed family […]

At the Last Minute, UN Human Rights Rapporteur Brings Up More Issues vs Japan

    GENEVA, Switzerland—On the morning of June 12 here (late night Japan time), United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on conditions in Japan.   Kaye was “especially concerned” by three points: “direct and indirect pressure that officials can exert over the […]