Japanese abductee’s son to speak at UN meeting

Tokyo, Sep 13 (IANS) The son of a Japanese national abducted by North Korea plans to speak at a UN meeting on the country’s human rights violations, the media reported on Sunday.

Yaeko Taguchi was abducted in North Korea in 1978. Her son Koichiro Iizuka was a year old when she went missing, NHK news agency reported.

Iizuka, 38, plans to call for international support for the return of his mother and other abductees.

The UN is scheduled to host the panel discussion on September 21 in Geneva to take up the issue of North Korea’s human rights violations.

The Japanese government says North Korean agents kidnapped at least 17 Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 80s. Twelve of them are still unaccounted for.

Pyongyang set up an investigative committee for a fresh probe into the abductees and other missing Japanese in July 2014. But no results are out yet.

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