April 21, 2024

North Korean restaurant workers were abducted by the South, investigation finds

South Korean unification ministry declines to comment on the report, rejects recommendations

12 North Korean restaurant workers reported to have defected in 2016 were brought to South Korea against their will, a non-governmental joint fact-finding committee has concluded, in a report which calls on Seoul to allow the women to return to their families in the DPRK.

The English-language report -- prepared by a committee composed of lawyers from the left-wing International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the Confederation of Lawyers for Asia and the Pacific (COLAP) — was released in its final form on Monday.

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