Disappears in China
November 1, 2002
Mr. Hiroshi Kato is one of the founding members of LFNKR.
Missing Since October 30
Mr. Hiroshi Kato (age 57), who arrived in Dalian, China on
Oct. 29, 2002 to carry out activities for our NGO (LFNKR),
disappeared after leaving the Tian-Fu Hotel in Dalian on the
morning of Oct. 30.
He was scheduled to return to Tokyo on Oct. 31. His
practice is to phone us at least three times daily, but no
one has heard anything from him since the morning of the
Our NGO, "Life Funds for North Korean Refugees," is a Japan-
based organization, which, as the name suggests, is engaged
in helping North Korean refugees.
We have done our best to locate Mr. Kato, but we still
cannot find him, and none of our friends or contacts in that
area has been able to locate him. This is a matter of grave
We envision two possibilities.
One is that Mr. Kato has been detained by Chinese police for
some reason. If so, we strongly urge the Chinese
authorities to immediately investigate this matter and
locate Mr. Kato, and explain in detail why he has been
Another possibility is that Mr. Kato has been illegally
detained or abducted by a North Korean agency, which is
active behind the scenes in the Northeast area of China. If
so, we demand that they release him immediately.
The Chinese authorities must observe the international rules
governing human rights and humanity and promptly effect his
As a small NGO engaged in the humanitarian rescue of North
Korean refugees, we cannot tolerate barbaric behavior such
as the possible abduction of our staff member.
We appeal to all people of conscience, including NGOs and
journalists worldwide - please help us.
Life Funds for North Korean Refugees