|Nine North Korean refugees at risk of imminent repatriation, UN issues statement|
Nine North Korean refugees, including an 11-month old baby, are at risk of being imminently sent back to North Korea. NKHR calls on China to refrain from forcibly sending the nine refugees back to North Korea, where they would face torture and imprisonment.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is "alarmed" about the situation and "urge[s] all concerned governments to refrain from forcibly returning individuals who have fled the DPRK." Read the UN statement below.
Press briefing note on China, Thailand, Viet Nam and Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
(2) Viet Nam / DPRK
We are alarmed at reports that nine North Korean nationals, including a one-year-old infant and a teenager, were arrested in Viet Nam last month and subsequently transferred to China. There are fears that they may be – or may already have been – repatriated to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) where they would be at risk of very serious human rights violations.
On 17 November, the group allegedly arrived at Shenyang in China, close to the DPRK border. The group of nine North Korean nationals has since reportedly been taken out of the city, while the other child was left behind. It is believed that the group is being escorted by the Chinese authorities. The current whereabouts of the nine individuals are unknown. This series of events strongly suggests that the group is at imminent risk of being repatriated to the DPRK – and we are gravely concerned that they may already have been returned.
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