2 Rescue Workers
Seized in China
October 26, 2004
with all other human rights and humanitarian organizations, calls
for China to release immediately the 65 North Korean refugees and
the 2 Korean rescue workers, who have been arrested and are being
unjustly held in prison.
the following English translation of a statement issued in Korean
by the Democracy Network Against the North Korean Gulag.
NK Gulag in Seoul, Korea sent me this e-mail
early this morning. Chinese police raided two hide-out places
in the outskirts of Beijing, and arrested (65) NK refugees and
(2) activist workers on October 26th. Among them, there are (11)
teenagers and (1) senior aged over 70. NK Gulag did not plan or
prepare this exodus, but said that the (2) activists who were
arrested with the refugees were members of the NK Gulag. Let's
start petition letter campaign today!
[STATEMENT BY THE NK GULAG]
Chinese government must release immediately the
(65) NK refugees and (2) SK human rights workers it arrested yesterday!
Chinese government raided two NK refugee hide-out
places in the Tong Chow section of Beijing on October 26th, and
arrested (65) NK refugees who were waiting to be rescued and (2)
SK human rights workers. Among them were (11) teenage children
and (1) senior man aged over 70. Thirty policemen came and arrested
the refugees who did not even resist.
Chinese government changed its policy from "quiet
solution" to "tough stance" toward the NK refugees
since the recent incidents of NK refugees entering into the foreign
language schools in great numbers. This will worsen the problem
of the NK refugees, rather than solve the problems. The cause
of this mass exodus is the North Korean regime. Chinese government,
instead of solving the problem at its root, has adopted their
hardliner policy appeasing the NK regime. Chinese government opted
to go completely against the human rights of the NK people.
Only thing the NK refugees want is their freedom.
Chinese government is ignoring this simple hope of the NK refugees,
and is turning them over to the NK regime. They know how terribly
the refugees will be treated once they are repatriated. If the
Chinese government keeps sending them back to NK, they are violating
the international law and cannot escape the responsibilities.
WE DEMAND AGAIN TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT! RELEASE
THOSE (65) NK REFUGEES AND (2) SK AID WORKERS IMMEDIATELY! STOP
HARASSING THE NK REFUGEES AND LET THEM GO TO THEIR FREEDOM!
We, 6,000 NK defectors in South Korea and NK
Human Rights workers, will not tolerate or stand by if the Chinese
government continues to arrest and repatriate the NK refugees.
The NK refugee issue will get worse if the Chinese government
does not treat them humanely. Send them to South Korea NOW!
WE DEMAND TO THE SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT ALSO!
The SK government must take actions now to bring
them safely to South Korea. What happens to these refugees now
will affect the future policy of China toward the NK refugees.
If the SK government acts passively and does not do anything about
the situation, they will be also held responsible and cannot escape
the just criticism of the international community. The SK government
must mobilize everything they have diplomatically, and help save
the (67) people in the Chinese prison right now.
release the 65 NK refugees and 2 SK aid workers NOW!
China, let go of your hardliner policy toward the NK refugees,
and try to solve the problem seriously and humanely!
South Korea, save those refugees and bring them over to