September 16, 2019
 In 2022-Determining the Legitimacy of Secession Movements

Country: Japan
Delegate Name: Celina Du

Succession can be defined as the act of a group of people splitting from a preexisting state. Unfortunately, this form of self-determination is usually accompanied by war, poverty, disease, and unrest. At this very moment there are over 60 secessionist movements seeking recognition from the international community. The legitimacy of these movements is not for one single country to decide, and Japan is eager to work with the international body of countries in the UN to promote peace and order in those particularly contentious areas of the world.
Japan has been making significant, as well as constructive contributions towards the establishment of the rule of law within the international community. Japan has emphasized peaceful settlement of international disputes and has shown strong support to the International Criminal Court by sending distinguished judges there. Japan has also been an active voice in the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly and has worked closely with the International Law Commission.
Japan hopes to work closely with other member states in establishing a bipartisan UN committee that will individually examine each case of succession. Each instance will have a unique set of needs and will need to be approached in a unique way. With each country contributing, the committee will take into account all perspectives, including concerns with human rights, territorial integrity, poverty, war, and the UN General Assembly can vote to lend legitimacy to the secession movement.

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