September 25, 2023

US lawmakers call for meeting with UN on China’s repatriation of North Koreans

Open letter comes as human rights groups have pushed to increase pressure on Beijing ahead of DPRK border reopening

U.S. lawmakers have formally requested a meeting with the U.N. to address the situation of North Korean refugees in China, amid concerns that they could soon be forcibly repatriated to the DPRK. 

On Wednesday, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) — a bipartisan commission to monitor human rights in China — issued a letter to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Volker Türk and the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, requesting an urgent meeting.