Rally to Free Christopher Savoie, Washington, Oct. 3

Children’s Rights Council of Japan is organizing a Rally and Candlelight Vigil in Washington, D.C. on October 3, calling on Japan to free Christopher Savoie and reunite abducted American children with both sides of their families.  The Rally will be held in front of the Japanese Embassy, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue, starting at 2:00 PM, with a Candlelight Vigil in front of The White House starting at 7:00 PM.

Christopher Savoie was arrested and imprisoned in Japan after trying to recover his two American children, who were kidnapped to Japan in violation of U.S. law by his Japanese ex-wife.  Christopher’s wife, Amy Savoie, will speak at the Rally, as will other victims whose children are being held in Japan.

Scheduled Speakers:

Walter Benda, Co-founder, Children’s Rights Council of Japan and father of two American daughters who were abducted in Japan in 1995.

Commander Paul Toland, US Navy, sole surviving parent of a daughter, Erika, who was abducted in Japan in 2003.

Amy Savoie, wife of Christopher Savoie and stepmother of two children abducted to Japan this year.

Kay Kephart, a grandmother whose grandchildren are being held in Japan.

More speakers to be added later.

The public is invited to attend.

Please direct media inquiries to crcjapan@yahoo.com and check our website at http://www.crcjapan.com for updates and further details.  Phone inquiries:  276-637-0117.

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CNN Campbell Brown video link

September 30, 2009

Here is the link for the Campbell Brown program aired on CNN on Sept. 29.

A special note about the parent interviewed in this segment, U.S. Navy Commander Paul Toland.  Paul is the sole surviving parent and his daughter is being retained in Japan by his former mother-in-law.  Paul’s case, and at least one other case we are aware of, is like the Elian Gonzalez case, but the aggrieved parent is from the United States, not Cuba, and the country blocking the sole surviving biological parent from contact with his child is Japan.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/09/29/cb.dad.behind.bars.cnn