Saturday, November 20, 2010

US Deparment. of State - International Religious Freedom Report 2010

2010 version of International Religious Freedom Report was published by US Department of State on Nov 17, 2010.

The Department of States' Religious Freeedom report is published every year.  In the past years, only a few lines were used for the deprogramming activities in Japan. 

In the Japan Section this year, it states as follows;

Quotes from
Forced Religious Conversion

The Unification Church reported some adherents were pressured by family members and professional deprogrammers to leave the church.

Section III. Status of Societal Respect for Religious Freedom

Although most groups report wide-spread tolerance and respect for religious freedom there were some reports of societal abuse based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.

For several years deprogrammers working with family members have reportedly abducted Unification Church members, members of Jehovah's Witnesses, and other minority religions. The Unification Church and Jehovah's Witnesses-affiliated organization Watchtower report the number of cases has declined sharply over the last 10 years. However the Unification Church reported five members were abducted during the reporting period. These reports could not be independently confirmed, and some nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have accused the Unification Church of exaggerating or fabricating these reports.

In 2008 an adult member of the Unification Church was released after reportedly being held against his will by family members and a professional deprogrammer for over 12 years. Prosecutors did not pursue the case citing insufficient evidence. The case was on appeal at the end of the reporting period.

US Department of State URLs

International Religious Freedom Report 2010 - Japan

International Religious Freedom Report 2010 - All Nations

The 2009 Report (See page 764 - 766 for Japan report)


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