Religious leaders and other hold a protest in New York... "The Japanese government must solve the issue of human rights violations"
NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Segye Times of Korea has reported that American religious leaders, human rights activists and Japanese Unificationist victims of kidnapping and confinement held a press conference and protest in front of the Japanese consulate in New York, USA. They urged the ceasing of human rights violations against Japanese Unificationist victims, consisting of kidnapping and confinement, and the immediate release of abducted persons.
Rev. Michael Jenkins, chairman of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), Rev. Luonne Rouse, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Huntington-Gold Spring Harbor, New York, Bishop Jesse Edwards of the Pentecostals of Philadelphia, Dan Fefferman, president of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom, and other religious leaders and human rights activists demanded that the Japanese government take an active stance in resolving the human rights violations of Japanese Unificationists.
Mrs. Michiko Presky, Mrs. Mitsuko Antal and Mr. Luke Higuchi, three victims of kidnapping and confinement, attended the day's press conference and exposed the human rights violations taking place in Japan, according to The Segye Times.
Rev. Luonne Rouse stressed, "We are shocked that a good friend and ally of America that is a modern democratic society would continue to allow the abduction and forced confinement of adult men and women against the fundamental principles of freedom of religion that Japan is supposed to uphold."
Reverend Rouse revealed, "We already have 1,000 signatures and 120 letters of pastors who have expressed deep concern to Japan over the issue."
Chairman Michael Jenkins claimed, "The American Clergy Leadership Conference has met repeatedly with the State Department and they investigated in Tokyo in March of 2010 and confirmed that there was blatant inaction by local authorities to prosecute criminals for violating people's human rights and religious liberty."
Reverend Jenkins conveyed printouts to the Japanese consulate in New York that included letters and signed petitions by clergy urging the fair enforcement of law by the Japanese government.
As reported in The Segye Times, the event hosts revealed that there have been 4,300 Japanese Unificationist victims of kidnapping and confinement during the past 44 years. Moreover, 300 victims in Korea and 20 in America are living with aftereffects of kidnapping and confinement.
Luke Higuchi (47), a resident of Leonia, New Jersey, said: "I was kidnapped in January 1989 and was confined in a mental hospital for three months and in a relative's home for one month."
SOURCE The Segye Times