Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Human Rights Watch and other NGOs speak out on North Korea

The South Korean government should maintain its principled stance and consistently include a strong human rights agenda in all future dealings with North Korea, Human Rights Watch and three other nongovernmental organizations said in a letter to the South Korean unification minister.

The letter was signed by Human Rights Watch, Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, Life Funds for North Korean Refugees, and The Society to Help Returnees to North Korea.

The letter urges South Korea to press China to protect North Korean refugees in line with China's international obligations.

The letter notes that, "South Korea has done much to resettle and assist North Korean refugees, but it can do more, particularly for those North Korean women and children who have faced sexual assault and exploitation during their flight."

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