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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

China: N.Koreans sent back to possible death

from Reuters AlertNet:

Suzanne Scholte, president of the Defense Forum Foundation, told reporters outside the Chinese embassy in Seoul that China had recently deported 62 North Koreans back to their country.

"China knows that they will be executed or they will be put in political prisoner camps for the crime of leaving the country," she said.
More than 100,000 North Koreans, and possibly twice that number, are in China, activists estimate. About 5,000 North Koreans have reached the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Scholte said China was violating international agreements by returning the North Koreans and should allow the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees access to them.
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