#Japan's #Humanrights #Ambassador Hideaki Ueda yells "Shut Up!" at the recent UN #Torture Committee

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How it all happened
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

A participant from JBFA at the UN Committee Against Torture held 5/21-5/22 witnessed an outrageous remark coming from a Japanese delegate.

04/06/2013 21:37:21 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

The delegate in question is H.E. Amb. Hideaki Ueda, Ambassador in charge of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs http://t.co/1msldsiIag

04/06/2013 21:41:23 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

The JFBA participant reports in his blog that Mauritian delegate criticized Japan's criminal justice system as being "medieval".

04/06/2013 21:44:07 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Amb. Ueda rebutted saying that Japan is THE most advanced country on human rights in the world. He realized his error and quickly corrected.

04/06/2013 21:46:33 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Amb. Ueda then said, "Japan is ONE of the most advanced country on human rights." There was some sniggering on the floor. Then he exploded.

04/06/2013 21:48:32 WIB
  • His exact words, according to informal records: "Japan was not in the Middle Ages but one of the most advanced countries in this field."
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Amb. Ueda said (or screamed), "Why do you laugh? Stop laughing! Shut up!". Then a moment of dead silence fell on the floor, at the UN.

04/06/2013 21:50:22 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Eventually, the Chairman managed to skillfully calm the situation and proceed. But the fact is that our delegate made a scene at the UN.

04/06/2013 21:53:07 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

The Mauritian delegate's point was well made, and objective.

04/06/2013 21:53:48 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

The criticism of Japan's criminal justice system was attributed to the closed investigation procedures without the presence of an attorney.

04/06/2013 22:00:42 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Explanations were made by Japan's delegation on their reasons but to the former judge of Mauritius their explanations were insufficient.

04/06/2013 22:02:04 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

The judge pointed out that ratio of cases convicted vs. acquitted in Japan was 100:1 and he suspected an over-reliance on confessions.

04/06/2013 22:05:03 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

The judge at this point remarked, "These are medieval-style system. Japan should leap out of it and adjust itself to a global standard"

04/06/2013 22:08:29 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

It was after this remark when the Japanese Ambassador snapped.

04/06/2013 22:09:02 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Now you tell us .Who acted out in an outrageous manner in this situation? The answer is quite obvious. The Japanese side.

04/06/2013 22:10:49 WIB
Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

We know. They know. This "Ambassador in charge of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs " is ill-fit for the job, for obvious reasons.

04/06/2013 22:13:36 WIB
Video segment of Ambassador's remarks

via Facebook

Takahiro.K💫 @tkatsumi_e

Turns out #Ambassador Ueda's "shut up" remark was broadcasted on UN Webcast . Here's the video segment: http://t.co/JmVZynS3E2

09/06/2013 20:37:24 WIB

via YouTube

Reactions
SNA Japan @ShingetsuNews

Hideaki Ueda now being described online as "Ueda 'Shut Up' Human Rights Ambassador" (上田“シャラップ”人権人道大使). http://t.co/QIqAcWw3So

12/06/2013 09:27:42 WIB
Tsuyoshior @Tsuyoshior

@tkatsumi_e thank you very much for compiling all info and make it available. you made it easiest to share with my english-speaking friends.

13/06/2013 06:43:53 WIB
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