Stop Chinese Government's repatriation of North Korean defectors 要求中國政府停止遣返脫北者
We are demanding Chinese Government stop repatriating defectors from North Korea.
Chinese Government has been arresting and repatriating defectors from North Korea, claiming the defectors are not refugees and enter China illegally due to economic reasons. Those who are repatriated to North Korea face severe punishment, including forced labour, torture and execution. A campaign "Objection to Repatriation of North Korea Defectors" was initiated in South Korea this February. With the assistance of pressure from international society, the campaign had successfully urged Chinese Government allowed five North Korea defectors proceeded to South Korea in April. However, Chinese Government does not have appropriate policies to handle this issue. Kim Young-hwan, a senior researcher for the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights, a Seoul-based civic group for North Korean defectors, and three other activists for North Korean human rights have been held on charges of “damaging national security” in China since late March. The four are not yet released.
China’s decision of forcefully sending back North Korean refugees to their homeland contradicts its obligations under the 1951 Refugees Convention and its 1967 Protocol. Therefore, based on humanitarian grounds, we demand Chinese Government stops repatriating North Korea defectors!