May 28, 2023

NGO calls for reinvestigating Dutch firms that allegedly employed North Koreans

La Strada appeals dismissal of case due to lack of evidence, maintains companies knew of North Korean shipyard workers

An Amsterdam-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) has filed an appeal against Dutch prosecutors for dropping charges against two shipbuilding companies accused of employing North Korean workers.

According to La Strada, the two Dutch companies — which it did not name — “are suspected to have acquired ships from Polish shipyards while being aware that these ships were constructed at wharves employing North Korean workers,” the NGO said in a written statement on Friday.