April 24, 2024

South Korea to designate July 14 as ‘North Korean Defectors’ Day’

Escapees welcome move to raise awareness about DPRK issues but express concern day could be politicized

Seoul will designate July 14 as “North Korean Defectors' Day,” the Ministry of Unification announced on Wednesday, a move that escapees welcomed while raising concerns that the day could be politicized.

The ministry picked July 14 to commemorate the law protecting North Korean defectors and supporting their settlement that went into effect on that day in 1997, unification minister Kim Yung-ho said at an event in Seoul on Wednesday.

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