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8 January 2019
Japan

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Japanese government intends to propose that Japan and Russia mutually abandon rights to compensation and other claims over the four northern islands during negotiations on a peace treaty, according to sources close to the bilateral talks.

The idea has emerged to form an agreement specifying abandonment of rights to claim compensation at the same time a peace treaty is concluded.

The Japanese government is also considering paying compensation to Japanese former residents of the islands who were forced from their own land after World War II.

4 January 2019
Oceania
Papua New Guinea

IT is impossible to identify several core human rights, which are all well established in international law and could be applied directly to development – induced displacement of a large number of people.
The rationale and the need for reviewing human rights arises from the proven inadequacy of so-called “entitlements” of affected people in resettlement plans prepared by national governments following involuntarily resettle policies.
The key issues that are not resolved fully in this policies are:

3 January 2019
Asia
South-Eastern Asia
Vietnam

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Promoting the rapid and sustainable development of ethnic minority groups and mountainous areas is the consistent policy of the Party, State and Government of Việt Nam in the cause of socio-economic development.

That was the message from Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình at the national workshop on Thursday on the current plans for ethnic minority group policies in the period of 2021-30.

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