Japanese Lower House Commits to Greater Role in Refugee Protection Posted December 2, 2011 by Vulnerable in Japan

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Quoted from: Center for Documentation of Refugees and Migrants

“A resolution regarding refugee protection and solutions to refugee issues was passed by a vote in the Lower House plenary session on 17th November. “We will show commitment to durable solutions to refugee issues around the world and improvement in quality of refugee protection,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said. The full account of the resolution is found below.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and Japan celebrates its 30th anniversary of signing of the Convention. For the past 30 years, we have taken various measures to assist refugees and other displaced persons around the world as a member of international community and, by reinforcing the importance of the concept of human security, we have focused on humanitarian assistance and peace-building for individual refugees. In 2010, a programme to resettle Myanmar refugees from Thailand was introduced as a pilot project, and we became the first resettlement country in Asia. On a national level, in an attempt to fullfil and improve the protection mechanism, we have been committed to the transparency and efficiency of the refugee status determination process. The international recognition for our humanitarian assistance and contribution is confirmed by the scale of international support that we received following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

We respect our past achievements and the basic principles of international community regarding refugee protection, and we will strengthen our collaboration with international organisations and community-based organisations who support refugees, while establishing holistic protection mechanism within our territory and working towards a further enhancement of the third-country resettlement programme. At the same time, by continuing our assistance for refugees and other displaced persons in line with our foreign policy principles, we will play play a leading role in Asian and beyond in showing commitment to durable solutions to refugee issues around the world and improvement in quality of refugee protection.

Democratic Party of Japan Public Relations Committee”

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