21 Feb '12, 4am

S. Korea to seek UN support for N. Koreans in China

S. Korea to seek UN support for N. Koreans in China

SEOUL: South Korea will seek global support at a UN meeting next week in efforts to rescue North Korean refugees recently arrested in China and facing repatriation, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. Activists and Seoul lawmakers say about 30 North Koreans will be returned even though they face harsh punishment back in their homeland. The South Korean foreign ministry has not confirmed the total figure. But a spokeswoman said Seoul has repeatedly urged Beijing not to send back at least 10 confirmed arrested in the northeastern city of Shenyang this month. "Since our bilateral discussion (with China) is not working very well, we will make efforts to get international support via various channels including the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)," she told AFP. Seoul diplomats will address the broad issue of ensuring safety for North Korean refugees during ...

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