Human Rights Council


Nada ElGamal

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Committee: Human Rights Council

Country: Japan

Delegate: Nada ElGamal, American University of Kuwait

Topic A: Reform of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness to address human rights violations in Myanmar and Palestine



Japan’s constitution upholds the highest standards of human rights and it has developed its policies to further promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals as universal values. Japan strongly believes that the promotion and protection of all human rights is a vital interest of the international community and thus, any violations to human rights need to be addressed in cooperation with the international community. In regards to the issue of statelessness, Japan adopted and amended the Nationality act in 1984 which carries several important provisions that prevent statelessness and also accommodates some of the principles stated in the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. Although Japan has not signed either conventions, it provides a useful framework in analyzing stateless issues within its domestic affairs. 


The situation in Myanmar has been closely observed with concern as the government of Japan believes that the present regime in control should make efforts to transition towards democratization and improve its practices in respect to human rights. Japan has been, and still undergoes various forms of dialogue with both SLORC and the pro-democracy forces led by Aung San Suu Kyi and therefore our policy towards Myanmar is to promote human rights not by isolating Myanmar but by working patiently and persistently to establish improvements through ongoing dialogue. On February 2018, the fifth Japan-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue was held in which views on human rights situations were exchanged, including the situation in Rakhine S...