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Updated On: Monday, 16 July 2018
Development Issues

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in DPRK

Content by: South-South News

30 October 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea said the situation of people fleeing the country is “extremely tragic’ adding that it “resembles the separation of families during the Korean war.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (27 Oct), Tomas Ojea Quintana said the Government of North Korea, also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is the main entity responsible for respecting the human rights of their people adding that he believes “there are patterns of serious human rights abuses” in the country. He said the DPRK does not engage with him and he cannot visit the country, making those escaping human rights abuses his main source of information.

The Special Rapporteur said people escaping North Korea to China might also be subject to ill-treatment. He said China views people cross the border from the DPRK as illegal immigrants and in many cases are repatriated. He stated his intention to discuss the issue with the Chinese Government adding that evidence shows “that those who are repatriated, even if they first left on economic reasons, might face serious human rights abuses.”

Storyline by: Unifeed


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