Ten North Korean defectors have been forcibly repatriated to North Korea.
Ten North Korean
defectors, who were arrested
on 4 November after police raided the house where
they were sheltering in Shenyang, northeast China,
have been forcibly repatriated to North Korea.
The group, whose ages
range from a child of four to adults in their 40s,
were reportedly repatriated a few days ago, according to
of the four year-old child.
He had appealed to the Chinese authorities not to return his wife and child to North Korea.
Benedict Rogers, East Asia Team Leader at
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said: "This
is an absolutely inhumane decision by China and
a gross violation of the international principle of non-refoulement. We call on
the international community to take steps to convey
its outrage to China over this extreme cruelty, and to ensure that North Korea
refrains from any repercussions against these ten individuals. We urge China to
urgently review how it came to this decision and to stop further violations of
international norms. China's
decision in this and previous
cases make it an accomplice to North Korea's crimes against humanity."
In 2014, The UN Commission of Inquiry on human
rights in North Korea found that “the gravity, scale
and nature” of human rights violations in North Korea “reveal a State that does
not have any parallel in the contemporary world.
The Chinese government has a policy of
forcibly repatriating North Korean defectors within
its borders, despite the fact that this puts the returnees at risk of death or
imprisonment in the country’s network of brutal prison camps.