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Message from Kenkichi Nakadaira
Exec.Dir. of LFNKR

18 - 19 July 2004

Opening Speech for Tokyo Int'l Conference

As we are gathered here today in Tokyo for this International Conference, I wish to extend my personal welcome to every one of you from abroad, as well as the participants who have come from all around Japan.

A major objective of this conference, as we work together, is to develop a specific action plan for protecting North Korean refugees who flee their homeland into China. We will explore ways to prevent the Chinese government from arresting and repatriating them to North Korea. Every repatriated refugee faces severe punishment, up to and including labor camps, where abusive treatment often results in their death.

A second major objective is to discuss practical tactics for protecting humanitarian aid workers involved in the rescue of North Korean refugees. These aid workers are being aggressively arrested and detained by the Chinese authorities. We also want to develop strategies for effecting early release of all aid workers currently detained.

I hope our combined efforts and teamwork will achieve these two major objectives.

Kenkichi Nakadaira
Life Funds for North Korean Refugees