By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)
SHENYANG, CHINA (ANS – November 30, 2017) – In 2014, The UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea found that “the gravity, scale and nature” of human rights violations in North Korea “reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”
The Chinese government has a policy of forcibly repatriating North Korean defectors within its borders, despite the fact this puts the returnees at risk of death or imprisonment in the country’s network of brutal prison camps.
Now, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) www.csw.org.uk, a Christian organization working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice, reports that 10 North Korean defectors, who were arrested on November 4 after police raided the house where they were sheltering in Shenyang, northeast China, have been forcibly repatriated to North Korea.
The group, whose ages range from a child of four to adults in their 40s, were reportedly repatriated a few days ago, according to the father of the four year-old child. He had appealed to the Chinese authorities not to return his wife and child to North Korea.
Benedict Rogers, East Asia Team Leader at Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said: “This is an absolutely inhumane decision by China and a gross violation of the international principle of non-refoulement.
“We call on the international community to take steps to convey its outrage to China over this extreme cruelty, and to ensure that North Korea refrains from any repercussions against these ten individuals. We urge China to urgently review how it came to this decision and to stop further violations of international norms. China’s decision in this and previous cases make it an accomplice to North Korea’s crimes against humanity.”
For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Kiri Kankhwende, Press Officer at Christian Solidarity Worldwide on +44 (0) 78 2332 9663, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.csw.org.uk.
Photo captions: 1) Protestors against North Korean repatriation of refugees. 2) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reviews his troops. 3) Michael Ireland of ASSIST News Service.
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