February 06, 2023

Defector Issues

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Unification ministry employees slam ‘reversal’ on repatriation of North Koreans

Unification ministry employees slam ‘reversal’ on repatriation of North Koreans

Public officials’ union says decision to release photos of 2019 handover turned case into ‘tool for political strife’

Unification ministry employees slam ‘reversal’ on repatriation of North Koreans
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim July 21, 2022
A North Korean defector blazes her own trail as an artist in Seoul: Interview

A North Korean defector blazes her own trail as an artist in Seoul: Interview

‘I want to demonstrate that North Korean refugees can do just as well as anybody else in South Korea and beyond’

A North Korean defector blazes her own trail as an artist in Seoul: Interview
Harry Clynch
Harry Clynch July 21, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?

Special foods and solar-powered fans are common remedies, and even soldiers will take siestas on hottest days

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans stay cool in the summer heat?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim July 20, 2022
North Korea makes US human trafficking blacklist for third straight year

North Korea makes US human trafficking blacklist for third straight year

DPRK one of 11 countries named as state sponsor of forced labor and trafficking in annual State Department report

North Korea makes US human trafficking blacklist for third straight year
Thomas Maresca
Thomas Maresca July 20, 2022
North Korean defector numbers on pace to hit record low in 2022: Data

North Korean defector numbers on pace to hit record low in 2022: Data

Seoul says COVID border controls make it difficult to escape DPRK, with just eight reaching ROK in second quarter

North Korean defector numbers on pace to hit record low in 2022: Data
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell July 19, 2022
Former national security adviser defends 2019 repatriation of North Koreans

Former national security adviser defends 2019 repatriation of North Koreans

Seoul releases video of handover after Chung Eui-yong criticizes reopening of case, says ‘felons’ posed risk to society

Former national security adviser defends 2019 repatriation of North Koreans
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim July 18, 2022
South Korea repatriated nearly 200 North Koreans but only ‘expelled’ two: Seoul

South Korea repatriated nearly 200 North Koreans but only ‘expelled’ two: Seoul

2019 handover of DPRK fishermen is only repatriation of those who sought to defect, unification ministry data shows

South Korea repatriated nearly 200 North Koreans but only ‘expelled’ two: Seoul
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim July 15, 2022
State media review: DPRK accuses Yoon of ‘scheming’ over 2019 defector incident
NK PRO

State media review: DPRK accuses Yoon of ‘scheming’ over 2019 defector incident

An in-depth analysis of criticism of the Yoon administration, Kim Il Sung’s birthday celebrations, heavy rains and more

State media review: DPRK accuses Yoon of ‘scheming’ over 2019 defector incident
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung July 14, 2022
Moon Jae-in sent two accused murderers back to North Korea. So what?

Moon Jae-in sent two accused murderers back to North Korea. So what?

Photos show one of the men resisted his repatriation, but the real story is Yoon Suk-yeol targeting his predecessor

Moon Jae-in sent two accused murderers back to North Korea. So what?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 14, 2022
New photos show North Korean fisherman resisted during 2019 repatriation

New photos show North Korean fisherman resisted during 2019 repatriation

Expert says images ‘absolutely shocking’ and raise constitutional concerns about decision to send two men back to DPRK

New photos show North Korean fisherman resisted during 2019 repatriation
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