[The Korea Herald] S. Korea confirms China’s forced reparation of numerous N. Koreans

11 Dec 2023

On October 13, The Korea Herald reported the South Korean Unification Ministry's confirmation that China had resumed the repatriation of North Korean escapees back to North Korea. Beijing's move has been met with strong condemnation from the South Korean government, which has expressed its concerns to Chinese authorities and is dedicated to preventing additional forced repatriations as those escapees may risk facing torture and other inhumane treatment.

The article cited data from the testimony of Hanna Song, Director of International Cooperation at NKDB, before the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) in June 2023.

The Unification Ministry emphasized its commitment to "protect North Korean defectors residing in third countries through collaborative efforts, including engagement with the Foreign Ministry," in anticipation of potential additional repatriations of North Korean defectors.

In June, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, the South Korean nongovernmental organization, reported that as many as 2,000 North Korean defectors were estimated to be detained in China, facing the risk of repatriation.

You can read the full article on The Korea Herald website by clicking HERE.