Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Increase efforts to release three Americans held in North Korea
Currently, three Americans are being held as prisoners in North Korea. Forty-four-year-old Kenneth Bae, 56-year-old Jeffrey Fowle, and 24-year-old Matthew Todd Miller are awaiting assistance from the United States for their release, and are currently at the mercy of the North Korean officials.
Kenneth Bae was detained in November 2012, making him the longest-detained American prisoner out of the current American detainees. Bae is a Korean-American missionary who was arrested for preaching works of Christianity and on suspicion of trying to overthrow the government. Since his detainment, Bae has experienced multiple health issues, writing to family members about problems with diabetes, high blood pressure, and his back.
The most recently arrested prisoner, Jeffrey Fowle, was detained in May 2014 while visiting North Korea as a tourist. Fowle left a Bible behind in his hotel room and was arrested at Pyongyang’s Sunan airport as he was about to depart.
The youngest of the three detained Americans, Matthew Miller, was recently sentenced to six years of hard labor. Miller was arrested for acting inappropriately at the Pyongyang airport in April 2014.
All three men have appealed to the United States government to send an official to act on their behalf. Although multiple intervention efforts have been attempted in the past, they were to no avail. The issue of having the men released is heightened by the fact that the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with North Korea.
Please sign the petition below to urge President Barack Obama to increase the government’s efforts to release these three Americans. They should not be left to serve unjust sentences, and must be reunited with their families as soon as possible.
Dear President Obama,
Hearing about the detainment of another American in North Korea was quite disconcerting. These men have appealed to the United States government and are at the mercy of the North Korean government. Many of them are facing unreasonable hard labor sentences for crimes related to freedoms that we see as basic human rights in the United States.
Please make it your utmost priority to secure the release of these three Americans from North Korea. Although efforts were made in the past to release them, they have unfortunately been to no avail. Therefore, it is imperative that release efforts be renewed and planned out with more rigor to ensure successful releases. These Americans are sorely missed by their family and community members, and should be reunited with them as soon as possible.
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