About the Author
Chad O'Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.
HRW cited Radio Free Asia reporting in a July 22 statement that criticized China for allegedly sending back around 50 North Korean detainees on a bus between Dandong to Sinuiju on July 14.
The alleged group repatriation raised questions among many Pyongyang-watchers because of North Korea’s current border restrictions, which are understood to have prevented anyone from legally entering the country since
North Korea’s foreign ministry on Monday appeared to reject claims by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and others that China forcibly repatriated North Korean escapees, accusing the international nonprofit of being “anti-China” and spreading a “rumor.”