April 24, 2024

China spars with UN human rights envoy over forced repatriation of North Koreans

Beijing’s delegate disparages defectors as illegal migrants, rejecting concerns that escapees face torture back in DPRK

China clashed with the U.N. special envoy on North Korean human rights at the ongoing U.N. Human Rights Council Session in Geneva on Monday, with Beijing denying that North Koreans entering China should be protected as refugees.

Presenting her latest report to the council, U.N. special rapporteur Elizabeth Salmon said “escapees from the DPRK who are forcibly repatriated by other states, including China, continue to face the risk of torture and other human rights violations.” 

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