Time for Britain To Take a Stand on its North Korean Refugees

February 14th, 2012
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  • Rosamanson01

    I am hoping to have an open discussion with both the North Korean and the Mongolian Ambassadors on ‘Knowledge Sharing’ and Economic Development all issues related to the DPRK.

    I have written a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), for your perusal, I would be interested in knowing whether your organisation feels this is a viable proposition.

    MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)

    DATED: 17TH JANUARY 2012

    (i). Describing the situation of all parties involved and how they relate to each other.

    (ii). What services each party contributes to the deal before, during and after the joint venture.

    (iii). The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is to identify the roles and responsibilities of each party as they relate to
    providing ‘Knowledge Sharing’ information cooperation, related to issues of the DPRK.

    (iv). All parties to participate in ‘Knowledge Sharing’ Multiparty Dialogue Mechanisms, including Strategies, Trade Policies, Economic Development, Aid Effectiveness; Health; Language Learning; Transport; Realisation of Humanitarianism and Brotherhood; Tumen River Cooperation; Agriculture; Finance; Joint Activities Cooperation; Joint Funded Operations; International/Food Security;
    Denuclearisation; and Six Party Talks.

    (v). The ‘Knowledge Sharing’ Programme is intended to open discussions on Economic Development Assistance, to push forward to prevent armed conflict and establish a lasting Peace in the Korean
    Peninsula.

    (vi). To support all parties in conducting data and information on cooperation in their respective areas of expertise in their fields of work.

    (vii). To allow ‘Knowledge Sharing’ ideas which are outlined within the issues of the DPRK.

    (viii). Understand the support efforts to North Korea, among all participants including the North Korean Government Officials ;
    Technicians; Experts; Local Residents and South Korean Supporting Groups.

    (ix). Contribute to the development of a Development Assistance Model by seeking better ways to enhance the North.

    (x). All parties should ensure that ‘Knowledge Sharing’ activities are conducted in compliance with all applicable Laws, (Federal Laws, International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) ), rules and regulations, including Civil Rights and other circulars governing cost issues.

    (xi). Achieve Inter-Korean Reconciliation and cooperation through wider ‘Knowledge Sharing’ activities.

    (xii). Other activities include Policy Research, Providing Food necessities in Emergency Aid, Development Support; Agricultural and Livestock Support; Healthcare and Medical Aid Support; and Food Assistance for the needy and most vulnerable.

    BY: ROSA MANSON
    rosamanson01@hotmail. c@hotmai:disqus com
    t@RosaManson1:disqus 

  • Joy Gebhard

    10,000 years ago men sought for greener pasture for food and game.  Its no different today.  Men will migrate to survive.  We have political national borders to cross by the migrants, a challenge.
    Simplistic answer to the NK refugee problem is 1. Send a massive
    amount of food and other humanitarian aid  2. Masssive  inter-Korean economic joint  venture where millions of North Koreans can work.  3. Remove sanction   4. Accept North Korea into nucleo club.  The inevitable  will solve the problem.

  • Joy Gebhard

    10,000 years ago men sought for greener pasture for food and game.  Its no different today.  Men will migrate to survive.  We have political national borders to cross by the migrants, a challenge.
    Simplistic answer to the NK refugee problem is 1. Send a massive
    amount of food and other humanitarian aid  2. Masssive  inter-Korean economic joint  venture where millions of North Koreans can work.  3. Remove sanction   4. Accept North Korea into nucleo club.  The inevitable  will solve the problem.

  • Anonymous

    Great article. Something that really needs to be raised and brought to people’s attention. I am from Australia and the Australian government has taken a somewhat similar approach. Recently, the department of immigration put a hold on ALL North Korean asylum claims, stating that Australia’s protective obligations are being reviewed due to the ‘recent discovery’ (or intensive investigation to try contravene their international obligations) that North Koreans hold dual citizenship. They now say that North Korean asylum seekers should be looking to South Korea for protection; but as you mention, this completely disregards the complexities involved in even trying to get into South Korea. What a sad world we live in.

  • Anonymous

    Great article. Something that really needs to be raised and brought to people’s attention. I am from Australia and the Australian government has taken a somewhat similar approach. Recently, the department of immigration put a hold on ALL North Korean asylum claims, stating that Australia’s protective obligations are being reviewed due to the ‘recent discovery’ (or intensive investigation to try contravene their international obligations) that North Koreans hold dual citizenship. They now say that North Korean asylum seekers should be looking to South Korea for protection; but as you mention, this completely disregards the complexities involved in even trying to get into South Korea. What a sad world we live in.

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  • Lee
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  • http://twitter.com/StellaFaux Stella Faux

    The immigration measures taken by some countries (including my own) are astonishing. I fail to see the difference between the treatment of North Koreans when comparing their homeland to First World countries. Postponing food to starving citizens as a method to halt weapon development is barbaric. Denying refugees access to a better life is exceptionally sordid. I cannot even begin to pretend that I have any solutions worth contributing; the situation is simply far too complex. One thing I do know is this blatant global hypocrisy has to stop.

  • http://twitter.com/StellaFaux Stella Faux

    The immigration measures taken by some countries (including my own) are astonishing. I fail to see the difference between the treatment of North Koreans when comparing their homeland to First World countries. Postponing food to starving citizens as a method to halt weapon development is barbaric. Denying refugees access to a better life is exceptionally sordid. I cannot even begin to pretend that I have any solutions worth contributing; the situation is simply far too complex. One thing I do know is this blatant global hypocrisy has to stop.