Families of Japanese individuals suspected to have been abducted by North Korea called on the international community Friday to support their struggle to find out the fates of their loved ones ahead of their visit to the International Criminal Court next week.

“I hope, by filing this petition with the ICC, the prosecutors at the court as well as the international community will hear what we have to say and understand such cruelties were inflicted on innocent citizens,” Shoichi Osawa, who heads a group representing such relatives, said during a press conference in Tokyo.

The families and their supporters will deliver a petition to The Hague-based ICC, requesting an investigation into the suspected abductions of at least 100 Japanese as a case of crimes against humanity.

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