Child Abduction by Parents in Japan

  On January 30, 2010, ambassadors from the United States and seven Western nations met with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada to urge Japan to address its child custody issues; the current Japanese system enables parents who abduct their children…

South Korea Grants Refugee Status to Gay Pakistani Asylum Seeker

  Seoul Administrative Court Due in part to the strong cultural influence of Confucianism, South Korea is a conservative society with a generally negative public perception of homosexuality. It was not until 2000, when Korean celebrity Seok-cheon Hong publicly announced…

Imprisonment of China’s Legal Activists

Massive military parades, marches, and firework displays were staged across China on October 1, 2009, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of China’s Communist leadership. Displaying pride in their country’s progress and development, government officials and citizens organized parades and…