02 Oct '11, 10am
China arrests 35 N. Korean refugees: S. Korean group
SEOUL (AFP) - China has detained 35 North Korean refugees for deportation to their communist homeland, a South Korean Christian group said on Sunday. The refugees are being held in a camp in north-east China, waiting for forced repatriation, the Commission to Help North Korean Refugees said in a bulletin on its website. They were arrested last week in several cities in a crackdown that intensified after Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, was confirmed as leader-in-waiting a year ago, it said. The group urged Beijing to stop repatriating the refugees who flee hunger or repression in North Korea. It also demanded Seoul and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees work for their release.