May 23, 2024

Victims of North Korean repatriation campaign sue for compensation in ROK court

First ROK lawsuit over case alleges DPRK lured Koreans in Japan with false promises and that Seoul didn’t protect them

A Seoul-based human rights organization is set to sue Pyongyang over a decades-long campaign to lure ethnic Koreans to move to North Korea through false promises, the first-ever South Korean lawsuit over the operation.

The lawsuit, to be filed on Friday on behalf of five ethnic Koreans who relocated from Japan to the DPRK, seeks “overdue compensation for atrocities suffered as part of the North Korean government’s deceitful repatriation scheme,” the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) announced in a press release on Wednesday. 

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