May 25, 2024
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South Korea’s unification ministry to inspect non-profit groups in mid-August

North Korea human rights advocates criticize the move, some rejecting request to submit documents for inspection

South Korean authorities are expected to review dozens of North Korea-related non-profits registered with the Ministry of Unification starting in mid-August, despite criticism from some human rights advocates.

The Ministry of Unification (MOU) announced its tentative timeline on Friday, pledging to review whether North Korean human rights groups and defector-resettlement groups meet requirements to retain their status as a registered non-profit. It's unclear what will happen to groups that are removed from the list, but two defector-led organizations — Kuensaem and Fighters for a Free North Korea (FFNK) — lost their corporate permits after being investigated.

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