Oral statement General Debate Item 4 – 13th March 2019

rejection of asylum in Japan for a persecuted religious minority in China.

 Thank you M. Vice-President,

CAP Liberté de Conscience would like to share with the Council its concern about the rejection of asylum in Japan for a persecuted religious minority in China.

As of January two thousand nineteen, two hundred seventy members of The Church of Almighty God (CAG), a Chinese Christian new religious movement, have escaped China and applied for asylum in Japan.

None of the requests has been granted.

That the CAG is ruthlessly and cruelly persecuted in China is an established fact.

The CAG claims that more than three hundred thousand of its members have been arrested. NGOs, scholars and Human Rights Defenders regard the figure as credible.

We  acknowledge  and  respect  the problems  of  Japan  in dealing  with  a  high  number  of  asylum  requests.

However,  the  members  of  the  CAG  seeking asylum  in  Japan,  whose  number  two hundred seventy should  not create  a  national  problem,  runs  the  serious risk  of  being  arrested  and  sentenced  to  heavy  jail  penalties,  or  worse,  should  they  be  sent back  to  China.

We  urge  Japan,  a  country  widely  respected  for  its  commitment  to  human rights,  to  lend  its  helping  hand  to  the  refugees  of  The  Church  of  Almighty  God.

Thank you for your attention.

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