JAPAN – Recommendations and Japan’s Responses in previous UPRs on the issue of Death Penalty

Japan’s Universal Periodic Review(UPR) session will be 6-17 November 2017, and ADPAN together with other Civil Society Organisations(CSOs) will be making a submission for the consideration of UN Member States, who we hope will take up our recommendations and raise it during the UPR. Below are a listing of recommendations made in previous UPRs, and the responses from Japan.

The ADPAN and CSOs joint submission can be seen in the next post

 

Recommendation RS Response A Issue C
Ratify the second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR-OP 2), aiming at the abolition of the death penalty Rwanda
Africa
AU, OIF, Commonwealth
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty

·  International instruments

2
Ratify the second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR-OP 2), aiming at the abolition of the death penalty Switzerland
WEOG
OIF
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty

·  International instruments

2
Consider the possibility of abolishing the death penalty and acceding to the ICCPR-OP 2, while approving a moratorium in the meantime Uruguay
GRULAC
OAS, OEI
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty

·  International instruments

2
Accede to the ICCPR-OP 2 and also the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OP-CAT) Australia
WEOG
PIF, Commonwealth
Accepted 5 ·  Death penalty

·  Detention

·  International instruments

·  Torture and other CID treatment

2
Encourage a deep nationwide dialogue on the death penalty, open to all stakeholders and views Italy
WEOG
EU
Noted 4 ·  Death penalty 2
Abolish the death penalty or establish a moratorium on its use Namibia
Africa
AU, Commonwealth
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Consider seriously an immediate moratorium on executions as a first step to the abolition of the death penalty and add the possibility of a life sentence without parole to the range of penalties for vicious crimes Netherlands
WEOG
EU
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 2
Take immediate measures to abolish the death penalty for persons that were under-age at the time of the crime, as well as for those convicted individuals having significantly impaired mental ability or mental illness Norway
WEOG
Noted 4 ·  Death penalty 2
Evaluate the possibility of abrogating the death penalty from its legal regime Argentina
GRULAC
OAS, OEI
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 2
Establish a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, as a first step towards the complete abolition of this practice Australia
WEOG
PIF, Commonwealth
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Consider undertaking a national debate with a view to assessing the possibility of establishing a moratorium on the application of the death penalty Mexico
GRULAC
OAS, OEI, ACS
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 2
Establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty Italy
WEOG
EU
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Seriously consider an immediate moratorium on executions to allow a comprehensive public debate on this issue to take place Ireland
WEOG
EU
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 2
Establish a moratorium on executions and initiate a broad public debate on the question of the death penalty with a view to its final abolition Germany
WEOG
EU
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Establish an official moratorium with a view to the final abolition of the death penalty and facilitate a national dialogue on the abolition France
WEOG
EU, OIF
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Establish a moratorium on executions with a view to proceeding towards the abolition of the death penalty Finland
WEOG
EU
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Introduce a formal moratorium on executions and take concrete steps toward the abolition of the death penalty Norway
WEOG
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Establish a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its abolition and sign and ratify the ICCPR-OP 2 Portugal
WEOG
EU, OEI
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty

·  International instruments

2
Introduce an immediate formal moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards its abolition, while commuting the existing sentences to life imprisonment terms Slovakia
EEG
EU
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Apply a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing capital punishment Slovenia
EEG
EU
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Apply a new moratorium against the death penalty with a view to its definitive abolition Spain
WEOG
EU, OEI
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Establish without any delay an official moratorium on executions Switzerland
WEOG
OIF
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Reconsider introducing a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty Turkey
WEOG
OIC
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 2
Announce an immediate moratorium and initiate a policy review with the intention of abolishing the death penalty by December 2013 and then ratify the ICCPR-OP 2 by December 2014 United Kingdom
WEOG
EU, Commonwealth
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty

·  International instruments

2
Adopt a moratorium on executions to allow a comprehensive public debate on the issue and to consider establishing an official death penalty review body to make public recommendations for its reform Austria
WEOG
EU
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty

·  International instruments

2
If no legal moratorium is given, provide all necessary guarantees to ensure that the rights of persons condemned to death are respected Belgium
WEOG
EU, OIF
Noted 4 ·  Death penalty 2
Ensure that the rights of detainees sentenced to death be duly respected Italy
WEOG
EU
Noted 4 ·  Death penalty 2
Ensure that conditions of detention of death row inmates comply with international standards Hungary
EEG
EU
Noted 4 ·  Death penalty

·  Detention

2
Consider the introduction of a systematic appeal system with suspensive effect following a death penalty conviction in first instance Belgium
WEOG
EU, OIF
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 2
Introduce a mandatory appeal system in capital cases and to ensure that inmates themselves, their families and their legal representatives are provided with adequate information about a pending execution and to allow a last family visit or communication with the convicted person Austria
WEOG
EU
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 2
Not carry out the death penalty and re-apply a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty in accordance with the resolution adopted in this regard by the General Assembly. Luxembourg
WEOG
EU, OIF
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 1
Establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. Portugal
WEOG
EU, OEI
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 1
Join the large number of States that have adopted a moratorium on executions or abolished the death penalty. Switzerland
WEOG
OIF
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 1
Support the previous interventions about the abolition of the capital punishment in Japan. Turkey
WEOG
OIC
Noted 5 ·  Death penalty 1
Respect international standards that provide safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty, to progressively restrict the use of the death penalty and reduce the number of offences for which it may be imposed, and establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. Italy
WEOG
EU
Noted 4 ·  Death penalty 1
Examine as a priority the introduction of a formal moratorium on the death penalty. Albania
EEG
OIC, OIF
Noted 4 ·  Death penalty 1
Reconsider the establishment of a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. Mexico
GRULAC
OAS, OEI, ACS
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 1
Consider the abolition of the death penalty. Netherlands
WEOG
EU
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 1
Review urgently the use of death penalty with a view to a moratorium and abolition. United Kingdom
WEOG
EU, Commonwealth
Noted 3 ·  Death penalty 1

 

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