The number of online human rights abuse cases in Japan in 2016 grew 10.0 percent from the previous year to 1,909, hitting a record high for the fourth straight year, the Justice Ministry said Friday. The overall number of human rights violation cases for which actions were taken last year came to 19,443, down 7.4 percent. Of the online abuses, privacy violations such as the disclosure of personal information totaled 1,189 cases. There were 501 cases of defamation. A total of 1,789 cases of the online human rights abuses were resolved, including 326 cases in which the deletion of abusive language and information was requested.
December 10 marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nation's universal declaration of human rights. The document outlined 30 fundamental rights that should form the basis of democratic societies. The UN says it is as relevant today, as it always has been. However, with multiple examples of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, just how enforceable is it?
The Trump administration's failure to appear at hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on March 21 telegraphs its disregard for international institutions generally and human rights in particular. Trump officials notified the Commission, which is the independent human rights organ of the Organization of American States, a day before the scheduled hearings that it would not attend. State Department official contended that it would be inappropriate to participate since several of the hearings addressed issues under judicial review: the administration's executive actions on immigration and its greenlighting of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which are winding their ways through the courts. But that explanation failed to assuage critics, who argued that Washington's absence erodes its legitimacy, emboldens authoritarian leaders in the hemisphere to shrug off their own accountability and dodge dialogue and presages broader disengagement with international human rights institutions. The move represented an abrupt departure from past practice.