Hunger Strike Spreading
Among Detained NK Refugees
Reports Indicate New Spirit of Protest
According to The Commission to Help North Korean Refugees
(a South Korean based NGO), news reports are beginning to filter
out of China about a hunger strike among North Korean detainees
who are being held in a facility preparatory to their shipment back
home where they are sure to face prison or worse.
In China's Tumen Detention Camp, where the North
Koreans are being held, the reports say that about 100 of the 260
North Korean Refugees have gone on a hunger strike. In addition,
many of the 110 held in Rongjing Camp have also begun their own
strike, with the number growing steadily.
This development reportedly began when just seven
inmates refused to eat in protest against China's policy of repatriating
all North Koreans they capture. Their jailors tried beatings and
torture to break their spirit, but when those seven persisted, other
inmates began joining in.
This is the first instance of imprisoned North
Korean refugees standing up as a group and expressing their protest
Our group, Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR)
fully supports the efforts of these refugees and urges all others
worldwide to seriously consider extending their own encouragement
In addition, we suggest that more people around
the world may wish to contact UNHCR and ask them when they intend
to begin protecting these legitimate refugees.