Posted by Miho on March 29, 2004 at 08:44:08:
A member of Life Funds for North Korean Refugees, a Japanese NGO, was arrested in China during his humanitarian aid work in China. Almost four months are passing by since then. And, China may prosecute him.
Takayuki Noguchi (32), the JP humanitarian aid worker, is insisting that he will remain in detention until the other two North Korean refugees, whom Noguchi was helping, are released and are able to go to a country that they would like to go. This is because if the two NK refugees are send back to North Korea, they will face to a severe punishment, i.e., a possibility of death.
In the past ten years, 3,000,000 people died in North Korea due to starvation. Now, 100,000 to 200,000 people are hiding in China to just survive. They are refugees under the international laws.
Noguchi was arrested in China for illegal transporting people to cross the border and for attempt the crime. However, China is NOT following the International Refugee Law, the International Customary Law, and the 1995 Treaty between China and the UNHCR.
What Noguchi did is humanitarian aid work, and the two NK refugees just wanted to survive. Please help to save their lives and human rights. China may prosecute Noguchi, and Noguchi could be subject to a sentence of up to ten years imprisonment. China is also holding South Korean humanitarian aid workers (the number could be nearly 20 including Korean Chinese).
For more information, please see this website: www.northkoreanrefugees.com
Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. May the world be filled with love and compassion, not with anger or hatred.
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