Due Process Training for Legal Professionals in North East Asia

The Asia Human Rights Commission, an international human rights NGO based in Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), has held periodic consultations for Chinese judges, scholars and legal professionals in North East Asia on due process of law in criminal justice.

Members of Human Rights Now often participate in these consultations and serve as lecturers. In the period from August 21st to 24th, 2007, HRN Director Mr. Yasushi Higashizawa and Secretary General
Ms. Kazuko Ito participated as lecturers at one of these seminars, entitled “Seminar for the rule of law and due process in East-Asia” which was held in Seoul, capital city of South Korea.

Mr. Higashizawa and Ms. Ito gave a lecture on the recent reform of criminal justice, with a focus on human rights problems in the course of criminal investigations in Japan. HRN hopes that these seminars and consultations will lead the way to fair trials and respect for human rights in criminal justice in the Asian region.

Participants attending this meeting were mainly from the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea and Japan.