South Korea is enhancing its cooperation and relations with three countries, following a series of meetings in the past week. On May 15, the country agreed to boost its trilateral relations with Japan and China during a trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting in South Korea, where officials from the three countries reviewed their partnerships in the past year as well as discussed common regional and international issues, Xinhua News says. South Korean officials also met with Bangaldeshi counterparts last week and agreed to intensify the two countries’ cooperation in areas of trade, technology transfer, energy, infrastructure and business investments, according to the Daily Star. On the home front, the human rights situation in the country was criticized by independent U.N. expert Frank la Rue. The expert encouraged South Korea to scale up its commitment to uphold human rights, which he says are affected by the increasingly restrictive interpretation and implementation of the country’s existing laws.

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