Sunday, April 23, 2006

North Korean Refugees Await U.S. Asylum Decisions

Fifteen to 20 North Korean defectors are said to have requested political asylum in the United States.

Judy Wood, a lawyer from the American human rights group Human Rights Project stated the above on April 13 in an interview on Radio Free Asia (RFA) in Washington.

Wood stated in the interview that “The group, which also has a number of adolescents, was living in South Korea before defecting to the U.S. through Mexico, and a few entered the U.S. with a tourist visa,” and added that “currently they are living a free life" [while waiting for the final court decision.]

David Kim, a Korean-American lawyer in New York, stated in a phone interview that “a final court decision will be made by this month on the request for asylum for Ma Young-ae, a North Korean defector residing in New York.”


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