Kidnapping & Religious Human Rights Abuses
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Shocking testimonies - Thousands of victims in Japan - No justice in Japan ?
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Two Members of a Minority Religion Jailed in Moldova - Human Rights Without Frontiers Press Release 21.1.2016

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Il est invraisemblable en 2016 en Europe,  qu'un différend entre deux personnes permet de mettre en prison des personnes sur des allégations sans preuve, 2 amis de Moldavie de l'Eglise de l'Unification risque entre 6 et 12 ans de prison. l'ONG HRWF.eu est partie faire une enquête sur les abus de la justice en Moldavie. On découvre des situations tragiques, des mois de prison dans des conditions dramatique, pour les proches aussi:. entre 3 et 6 heures d'attente à -15 degré pour la famille avant de rencontrer leur être cher derrière les barreaux!

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HIROSHIMA: Latest victim of kidnapping and confinement

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HIROSHIMA: Latest victim of kidnapping and confinement ____________________________ Hiroshima/Vienna, April 2013 - (FOREF Europe)

Name: Miho Matsushita
Gender: Female
DOB: May 10, 1986 (26 years old)
Affiliation: UC Hiroshima Church
Occupation: Caregiver
Marital Status: Engaged (with a Japanese man)
Date of occurrence: March 29, 2013

Personal history
2005: She graduated from high school. (18)
2005: She started job as a caregiver. (18)
2007: She was introduced to the Unification Church and started learning. (22)
2008: She started a communal life with other followers of the UC. (24)
2012: She was put under house arrest by her parents from January 1 to 7.
2013: She participated in the Blessing Marriage Ceremony of the UC.
2013: March 28: She visited her parents’ home.
2013: March 29: She lost contact with the church.

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According to Mr. Toshiyuki Honda’s report,  just 10 days ago another young woman has been kidnapped and confined in Japan. The Brussels based human rights organisation Human Rights Without Frontiershas confirmed, that over 80% of the (more than 4000) victims of religious kidnappings in Japan during the last 40 years are women. This hideous crimes are generally committed by family members or close relatives with the aid of professional faith-breakers.  Police has repeatedly turned a blind eye to this kidnappings by brushing it off as “family matter” in spite of the fact that almost all victims are already more than 20 years old.  Even though the perpetrators are (in the UN-jargon) “non-state actors” the state has the clear responsibility to protect its citizens. Miho Matsushita, a young woman from Hiroshima seems to be the latest victim.


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Religious Discrimination in Japan - Shocking testimonies given at UPR Information Meeting (at UN Office Geneva, Oct. 31, 2012)

Geneva, Palais des Nations, 31. 10. 2012 (FOREF) Prior to UPR session on Japan, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in joint sponsorship with Human Rights without Frontiers, the Japanese Victims Association against Kidnapping and Forced Conversion and FOREF Europe organized a information meeting in which two testimonies where given: Mr. Toru Goto, who has been kidnapped and confined for his beliefs during 13 years and Mrs. Mitsuko Antal, member of the Unification Church, both of them kidnapped by their own relatives and tortured by Japanese citizens, professional faith-breakers and deprogrammers. These are shocking testimonies! Unfortunately the Ministry of Justice has turned a blind eye to the severe human rights violations by non-state actors and treated them merely as a "family matter". Even the media in Japan has imposed a total black-out on these crimes.

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FOREF’s Videos platform on Vimeo

FOREF’s Videos platform on Vimeo | Kidnapping & Religious Human Rights Abuses | Scoop.it

FOREF, Forum for Religious Freedom
is anon-profit organization for religious freedom &human rights, based in Europe.

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Témoignage choquant, 13 ans confiné par ses proches dans une chambre, à cause de ses croyances

Témoignage choquant, 13 ans confiné par ses proches dans une chambre, à cause de ses croyances | Kidnapping & Religious Human Rights Abuses | Scoop.it

Des personnes qui ont joint l'église de l'Unification au Japon, depuis 40 ans, et par milliers ont été kidnappées, confinées et déprogrammées, parfois les conduisant au suicide. Aidés par des "déprogrammeurs", souvent des pasteur d'église chrétiennes au Japon, grassement payés par les parents et proches, afin de sortir leur enfant de cette croyance, car ils sont convaincus qu'il est préférable que leur enfant soit enfermé à vie, si il ne renonce pas à ses croyances, plutôt que le laisse libre de ses actions. A l'image de M. Toru Goto qui a été ainsi confiné près de 13 ans dans sa chambre et a subit d'incroyables méfaits. Ne renonçant toujours pas à ses croyances, ses proches l'ont relaché dans la rue un soir avant Noël, dans la neige, à l'âge de 48 ans, il pesait 45 kilos. avec ses mêmes habits en lambeaux qu'il a porté pendant 13 ans. Il trouve un poste de police qui le remet dehors, finalement recueuili par un passant il trouvera abrit. Son témoignage choquant, ainsi que d'autres, qui ont été rapporté au nations Unies le 31 octobre, se trouve en résumé sur ce site. Des membres d'autres communautés comme les témoins de Jéhova au Japon ont également subit de telles exactions.

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PRESS RELEASE (UN – UPR): “Religious Discrimination in Japan”

PRESS RELEASE (UN – UPR): “Religious Discrimination in Japan” | Kidnapping & Religious Human Rights Abuses | Scoop.it
 UN Universal Period Review Fails to Break Through “Blackout” on Religious Discrimination in Japan   HRWF (Brussels/Geneva, 1.11. 2012) – While Japan was lightly criticized for di...
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Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Japan: Pressure the Japanese government to stop faith-breaking kidnappings

Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Japan: Pressure the Japanese government to stop faith-breaking kidnappings | Kidnapping & Religious Human Rights Abuses | Scoop.it

OVER 4,300 KIDNAPPINGS AND COUNTING. For 40 Years there have been kidnappings, beatings, rapes, starvation and suicides occurring in Japan without a single criminal prosecution. Even in Mr.Toru Goto's case (pictured above) nearly starved to death and held for over 12 years!

Brazen violent kidnappings take place in plain sight at universities, parking lots, homes, and churches. When the police discover captives begging for help they do nothing. Some are kidnapped multiple times; most suffer for years afterward with PTSD and family estrangement.

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Des personnes ont été kidnappées et maintenues en confinement, depuis de nombreuses années, et encore aujourd'hui, souvent par le propre famille, avec l'aide de consultant complaisants et grassement payés, afin de renoncer à leur croyance. En rapport avec les croyants Unificationnistes, de l'église de l'Unification fondée par le coréen Sun Myung Moon en 1954, plus de 4300 cas ont été recensés. Une pétition internationale est en cours pour forcer les autorités japonaises à mettre fin à cette impunité  qui persiste depuis 40 ans.

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Tibet News: Make it a burning issue

Tibet News: Make it a burning issue | Kidnapping & Religious Human Rights Abuses | Scoop.it


Seventy Tibetans have, one after the other, in relentless and purposeful succession, set themselves on fire for the cause of their people’s freedom. If anything so heroic, selfless, spontaneous, non-instigated, and entirely non-violent* had happened anywhere else in the world, especially in the West or in places important to Western interests, like the Middle East or North Africa, these self-immolations would not only have become headline news but would have been discussed to death (if you will forgive the expression) in TV news-shows, chat-rooms, newspaper op-eds, editorials, blog-rooms, think-tank forums and so on. The issue could even have come up in the American presidential elections, and Tibetan TV viewers watching the foreign policy debate might have been amused by the vision of Mitt Romney scolding president Obama for ignoring the immolations in Tibet and “apologizing” to China – or its equivalent in this alternate reality.


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Mr. Toru Goto, Forced in confinement for almost 13 years, by his relatives in Japan, for his religious belief

 

FEATURED PANELISTS AT THE GENEVA CONFERENCE, OCT, 31, 2012
Aaron Rhodes, International human rights activist, co-founder of the Freedom Rights Project, and former Executive Director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights.
Mr. Toru Goto, Representative of the “Japanese Victims’ Association against Religious Kidnapping & Forced Conversion.“
Mitsuko Antal, Victim of abduction and forced conversion, Japan. (message read by Mrs Carolyn Handschin - due to the hurricane Sandy, Mrs Antal could not travel from USA to the conference)
Willy Fautre, President Human Rights Without Frontiers, Brussels – Belgium
Patricia Duval, Attorney at Law, Brussels – Belgium

 

BACKGROUND
Human Rights Without Frontiers has just published its report “Japan: Abductions and deprivation of freedom for the purpose of de-conversion”. In the last 40 years, about 4000 members of the Unification Church as well as members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, were kidnapped, confined and submitted to brainwashing for days, weeks, months and sometimes years in total impunity to force them to recant their faith. Last year, Human Rights Without Frontiers carried out an independent investigation in Tokyo and in Seoul. The report was published in Japanese and now in English. It is used as a reference for current campaigns in Japan, UN, United States and academic conferences so that an end can be put to this practice and the Japanese authorities prosecute those who perpetrate such illegal activities.

 

PRESS RELEASE
HRWF Report (for download)

HRWF Report: Japan: Abduction and Deprivation of Freedom for the Purpose of Religious De-Conversion 
(in english) hrwf.net/images/reports/2012/1231%20report%20final%20eng.pdf

HRWF Report: Japan: Abduction and Deprivation of Freedom for the Purpose of Religious De-Conversion 
(in Japanese) hrwf.net/images/reports/2012/1231%20report%20final%20jap.pdf

 

Human Rights Without Frontiers official Website • hrwf.net

Japanese Victims Association against Religious Kidnapping and Forced Conversion • kidnapping.jp/en/

Forum for Religious Freedom (FOREF Europe) 
• foref-europe.org (blog in english) 
• foref.info (website in german)

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Mitsuko Antal, A Japanese victim of kidnapping and confinement for the purpose of religious de-conversion

 

Video Testimony of Mitsuko Antal, Unification Church member, victim of kidnap and confinement for the purpose of religious de-conversion
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Religious Discrimination in Japan: Victims Testify at UN – Geneva

Religious Discrimination in Japan: Victims Testify at UN – Geneva | Kidnapping & Religious Human Rights Abuses | Scoop.it

Mrs. Mitsuko Antal, Unification Church member, victim of kidnapping and confinement for the purpose of religious de-conversion testifies at UN Geneva VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/52526170 “Religious Dis...

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US reports on religious kidnappings in Japan

US reports on religious kidnappings in Japan | Kidnapping & Religious Human Rights Abuses | Scoop.it
Today the US State Department has published its annual International Religious Freedom Report. The Analysis contains a section on religious kidnappings and forced conversions in Japan. The HRWF Rep...
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