Block Repatriation of Defectors or Beijing Olympics? China’s Battle

first_img Block Repatriation of Defectors or Beijing Olympics? China’s Battle News [imText1]While criticism against the Chinese government on the forced repatriation of defectors is becoming more severe, an international campaign to block the repatriation of North Korean refugees was held in front of the Chinese embassy on the 3rd. This campaign was organized by Christian NGO and NKGulag in collaboration with 30 or so organizations, Korean churches and international groups around the world associated with North Korean human rights issues including the U.S, Japan and England. The groups protested, “The Chinese government is forcefully apprehending defectors and repatriating them back to North Korea until point of death,” and, “This kind of inhumane act must be stopped immediately.”Also, they stated, “Prior to the 2008 Olympics, China must acknowledge defectors within China as refugees and stop forced repatriation back to North Korea,” and urged, “While standing in front of all of the world’s mankind, conscience and justice must be shown towards defectors.”A defector Yeom claimed as evidence, “China is still expelling defectors to North Korea” and “These people are dragged back to North Korea to live in prison, being treated worse than animals.”Pastor Choi Kyung Il, who led the campaign to save the life of Choi Yong Hoon who was imprisoned in China for 3 years under suspicions of helping defectors, condemned China for its inhumane acts. Pastor Choi reported the reentry of Choi Yong Hoon on the 29th and criticized “It’s not like he stole or committed murder, yet the Chinese government apprehended him with assault and torture simply for helping defectors.”On the same day, organizations campaigned in front of the Chinese embassy all throughout the world, including Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR) in Japan, Human Rights Without Frontiers in Belgium, as well as in England and Germany.Also in the U.S. (on the 2nd, local time), a campaign was held outside the Chinese embassy in Washington led by the North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC, Chairman Suzanne Scholte).[imText2][imText3][imText4][imText5] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News By Daily NK – 2006.12.06 9:29am There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE Facebook Twitter News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more