[NK News] Victims of North Korean repatriation campaign sue for compensation in ROK court

27 Mar 2024

On March 14, 2024, NK News reported on South Korea’s first-ever lawsuit on the “Paradise on Earth” campaign. The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) is initiating a lawsuit in a South Korean court to seek compensation for victims of North Korea's “Paradise on Earth” repatriation campaign. Ethnic Koreans who were repatriated from Japan to North Korea faced severe human rights violations including torture and forced labor. This campaign, which touted North Korea as a "Paradise on Earth," was found to be deceptive, with the North Korean government’s false promises of a better life upon repatriation. 

The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) issued a press release affirming the lawsuit as the pursuit of long overdue compensation for the atrocities suffered as part of North Korea’s repatriation campaign. NKDB's press release also directs attention to Chongryon, Japan's government, and the Japanese and North Korean Red Cross societies for their involvement in facilitating this coordinated campaign.

(NKDB press release) “[The lawsuit is an] overdue compensation for atrocities suffered as part of the North Korean government’s deceitful repatriation scheme.”

You can read the full article on the NK News website by clicking HERE.

You can access NKDB's full Press Release by clicking HERE.