Samstag, März 12, 2005

Is North Korea executing refugees?

According to AlertNet North Korea has executed 70 refugees who where caught in China and handed over to the North. The Article is based on a statement by a South Korean group that helps refugees and should therefore be taken with some caution.
But, on the other hand, there is no reason to believe that people who are caught fleeing the "Workers Paradise" would not be rigorously punished by the regime. The least they can probably expect is to end up in one of North Koreas notorious Prison Camps.
I already wrote something about this issue some time ago. You can read it here.

You can download a wave-file of an interesting speech by David Hawk, who wrote the report on North Korean prison camps for the U.S. committee for human rights in North Korea. Hawk bases his report mostly on interviews with North Korean refugees who have made it to South Korea after an escape that often lead them through half of asia.