This video presents two shocking testimonies(presented at the UN office in Geneva on Oct 31st, 2012): 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.

Unfortunately, the Japan 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 blackout on these crimes.

Mr. Toru Goto, head of the Japanese Victims Association states, that over 90% of the abduction victims have been women.

Last year, Human Rights Without Frontiers carried out an independent investigation in Tokyo and in Seoul and published the following report “Japan: Abductions and deprivation of freedom for the purpose of de-conversion”. The report(available for purchase on Amazon) was published in Japanese and in English. It is used as a reference for current campaigns in Japan, United Nations, United States and academic conferences so that an end can be put to this large scale practice and the Japanese authorities prosecute those who perpetrate such illegal activities.

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2m10: 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.

10m31: Mr. Toru Goto, Representative of the “Japanese Victims’ Association against Religious Kidnapping & Forced Conversion.“

26m40: 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)

36m18: Willy Fautre, Chairman of Human Rights Without Frontiers, Brussels – Belgium

56m09: Patricia Duval, Attorney at Law, Brussels – Belgium

Questions and Answers

1h20m With so many cases in Japan, how can justice ignore international law and human rights?

1h30m What is the reason for the media "black-out" in Japan?