A group of 41 North Korean refugees who had been arrested in and around Shenyang last month and then temporarily held in Chinese detention facilities became the latest such people to be repatriated last week. Their repatriation took place amidst concerns about the severity of the punishments likely to be meted out by the North Korean authorities. The level of punishment varies depending on whether an individual is heading for South Korea or simply to China.
Six repatriated Koreans said they fled their homes in pursuit of a better life. The South Korean citizens entered North Korea illegally through China between 2009 and 2012. North Korean officials have pardoned the refugees and allow... Read Post
Image: A prison camp located in Tumen, a Chinese border city with North Korea, where defectors are allegedly held before being repatriated to North Korea. This photo was taken by a JoongAng Ilbo photographer in September 2011. It’s ... Read Post