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In the 1970s and 1980s, many Japanese were abducted by North Korea against their will.
(“Abducted” means they were taken against their will.)
North Korea had denied for a long time that it had abducted Japanese citizens. At the Japan-North Korea summit meeting held in September 2002, however, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il, then Chairman of the National Defense Commission, admitted for the first time the abduction
of Japanese people and apologized to then Prime Minister KOIZUMI Junichiro. But only five of theabductees have returned to Japan.
The GoJ still strongly demands that North Korea immediately return home all of the other
It is necessary to achieve the following three items for the resolution of the abductions issue:
1) The safety of all abductees must be secured and they must be returned to Japan immediately.
2) North Korea must give a full account of the truth regarding all abduction cases.
3) North Korea must hand over to Japan the persons who carried out the abductions. 2014年２月に公表された「北朝鮮における人権に関する国連調査委員会（ＣＯＩ）」の
According to the final report published by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in the DPRK in February 2014, victims of abduction by North Korea are not only from Japan but also from other countries including the ROK, Lebanon, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Romania, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and China.
The abductions issue is a human rights issue that should be raised by countries around the world, regardless of whether their people have been abducted. The international community demands that North Korea resolve the abductions issue immediately, as is evident from the adoption, by majority vote, of a resolution based on the report by the COI at the UN General Assembly in December 2014 and the annual adoptions of Resolutions on the Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK by the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council.
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