June 02, 2020

Mother of North Korean restaurant worker calls on South to return her daughter
Statement follows investigation by Seoul-backed human rights watchdog

The mother of one of the 12 North Korean restaurant workers reported to have defected in 2016 has called on South Korea to "immediately" repatriate her daughter.

In a statement which follows a recent investigation into the case by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), DPRK-run online outlet Meari carried a letter by Ji Chun Ae, reportedly the mother of defector Ri Ji Ye.