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Defectors urge rights abuse probes
Defectors urge rights abuse probes
Defectors urge rights abuse probes
Defectors urge rights abuse probes
Defectors urge rights abuse probes
Defectors urge rights abuse probes
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Defectors urge rights abuse probes

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North Korean defectors are urging the country’s main human rights watchdog to investigate abuses in North Korea. …

North Korean defectors are urging the country’s main human rights watchdog to investigate abuses in North Korea.

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) said on Tuesday it has received information from 718 defectors on 23 cases of human rights abuses since it opened its North Korean Human Rights Documentation Center and Archives on March 15.

Violations included torture, detention without trial and denying prisoners the right to see their families, it said.

“We are trying to collect objective data by investigating similar cases of human rights violations,” an NHRCK official said.

“We will ask international organizations like the United Nations’ human rights body to put pressure on relevant authorities to see that rights are protected,” the official added.

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  • 1. Defectors urge rights abuse probes<br />www.ucanews.com<br />
  • 2. Watchdog 'should look at rights issues not score political points', says Catholic body.<br />North Korean defectors are urging the country’s main human rights watchdog to investigate abuses in North Korea.<br />
  • 3. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) said on Tuesday it has received information from 718 defectors on 23 cases of human rights abuses since it opened its North Korean Human Rights Documentation Center and Archives on March 15.<br />
  • 4. Violations included torture, detention without trial and denying prisoners the right to see their families, it said.<br />“We are trying to collect objective data by investigating similar cases of human rights violations,” an NHRCK official said.<br />
  • 5. “We will ask international organizations like the United Nations’ human rights body to put pressure on relevant authorities to see that rights are protected,” the official added.<br />
  • 6. However, the Catholic Human Rights Committee warned the commission to not to use rights issues merely as a political tool.<br />
  • 7. Andrew Kim Duck-jin, its secretary general, questioned how much the commission knows about the human rights situation in North Korea as a whole.<br />
  • 8. “Collecting data based on testimonies of some North Korean defectors is nonsense,” he said.<br />More scope is needed to get a better picture of what’s going on, he said, otherwise it will appear the main objective is to score political points.<br />
  • 9. Similar story<br />Human rights in North still ‘grim’<br />
  • 10. Source @<br />http://www.ucanews.com/2011/06/23/defectors-urge-rights-abuse-probes/<br />http://www.ucanews.com/<br />

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