Professor Hasegawa called upon Japan to continue pursuing “a honored place” in the international community pledged at the time of Japan`s entry to the United Nations in 1956. Please click
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Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Timor-Leste, is currently member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of Japan. He spent 37 years with the United Nations as senior staff of UNDP, UNV, UNOSOM II, UNMISET, UNOTIL and other UN organizations engaged in development and humanitarian assistance as well as peace operations.
Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Timor-Leste felt the conditions rules and procedures stipulated by the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees were making it difficult for a country like Japan to help displaced Syrian people. The UN multilateral treaty defines a refugee and sets out the rights of individuals who are granted asylum and the enormous responsibilities for host countries that grant asylum. Professor Hasegawa finds it imperative that a new approach be adopted to deal with the new problem that are causing massive population movements between areas of different civilizations.