February 02, 2023

N. Korean video labels prominent defector a ‘criminal’

Video part of offensive to discredit North Korean defectors and their stories

North Korea’s Urriminjokgirri site has released a YouTube video claiming well-known defector Shin Dong-hyuk is a criminal who escaped North Korea to avoid punishment.

The release of the video comes as North Korea has been mounting a “charm offensive” aimed at gaining international support for its perspective on human rights issues.