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,
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.