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Progressives show support for N.K. defectors 
Date : March 7, 2012
"The country’s progressive academics, often seen as reluctant to criticize the North Korean regime and its ally China, appear to be joining the cause to stop China from repatriating North Korean defectors." Source: The Korea Herald
China to Repatriate 'Hundreds' of N.Koreans 
Date : February 28, 2012
"Hundreds of North Korean defectors were awaiting repatriation as of last Friday after being arrested in various parts of China, rights activists say." Source: The Chosun Ilbo
One-time defectors say repatriation could be fatal 
Date : February 27, 2012
"As pressure rises over the repatriation of North Korean defectors in China, others who have previously crossed the border into the South told the Korea JoongAng Daily that the defectors stand a high chance of being killed if they are sent back." Source: Korea JoongAng Daily
9 N. Korean defectors repatriated to their homeland 
Date : February 24, 2012
Nine North Korean defectors who were detained in China were repatriated to their homeland over the weekend as South Korea ratcheted up pressure on China not to send North Korean defectors to their communist country, informed sources said Thursday. Source: The Korea Herald
China set to repatriate 33 North Korean defectors 
Date : February 15, 2012
Thirty-tree North Korean defectors have been caught by the Chinese Public Security Ministry and reportedly face repatriation. This is the first time that such defectors have been arrested en masse in China after Pyongyang openly threatened to kill three generations of the family of a defector following the inauguration of new leader Kim Jong Un. Source: The Dong-A Ilbo
N. Korean Dynasty's Authority Challenged 
Date : February 14, 2012
Major structures built to promote the personality cult of North Korea's Kim dynasty have been damaged as isolated pockets of resistance begin to grow, according to reports. A statue of Kim Jong-suk, former leader Kim Jong-il's mother, in Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province was damaged in October and a monument in Pyongyang was destroyed in April last year. Source: The Chosun Ilbo
The Long Search of Oh Kil Nam 
Date : February 1, 2012
The Belgian newspaper La Libre chronicles Dr. Oh Kil Nam's long search for his wife and daughters, who have been imprisoned in North Korea since 1986. Source: La Libre Belgique Language: French
UN human rights expert calls on North Korea’s new leadership to address long-st... 
Date : January 25, 2012
The new leadership in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was on Friday urged to address pressing human rights concerns and resolve long-standing issues, including the abduction of Japanese and other foreign nationals, by the UN’s independent expert on human rights in the country. Source: United Nations Human Rights
AFP: Activists urge N. Korea to boost rights 
Date : January 11, 2012
Dozens of international rights groups urged North Korea's new leader in an open letter released on Monday to improve human rights in the isolated state and build a different legacy than his late father. The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea called on Kim Jong-Un to change course and curb abuses, after he was proclaimed "great successor" to longtime ruler Kim Jong-Il, who died on December 17. In a statement signed by 39 campaigners, including Amnesty International, the coalition said over 200,000 men, women and children are held in North Korean prisons and labour camps, mostly for political reasons or because they are related to an offender. Source: Agence France-Press
Christians Back Human Rights Plea to Kim Jong-Un 
Date : January 10, 2012
Christian groups are among the signatories of an open letter to the new North Korean leader appealing for an end to human rights abuses in the country. The letter says that the 24.5 million people in North Korea are “living in fear” of arbitrary detention, disappearance, torture or death. The groups condemn the decades-long mistreatment of North Koreans at the hands of the regime, including the detention of an estimated 200,000 men, women and children for political reasons in prison or labour camps. Source: Christian Today
Kim Jong-Il has died at 70 
Date : December 19, 2011
"Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69. Kim's death was announced Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media." Source: Associated Press
Darusman Slams NK for Failures 
Date : November 25, 2011
Maruzki Darusman, the UN’s special rapporteur on North Korean human rights issues, believes there has been no improvement since he took on the role in 2010, and has once again urged Pyongyang to take action to remedy its multitude of human rights failings. Source: The Daily NK
U.N. rights envoy pledges utmost efforts to locate 'abducted' family i... 
Date : November 25, 2011
"The United Nations' envoy on North Korean human rights on Friday promised to work toward the return of a Korean family believed to be held in the communist country, saying the case highlights the urgency of resolving abductions by the North." Source: Yonhap News Agency
Oh Kil Nam's Story 
Date : November 24, 2011
This video presents Dr. Oh Kil Nam’s tragic family story. Source: Korean Broadcasting System Language: Korean
Trek for Tongyeong, Day 3 
Date : November 22, 2011
"The nationwide trek to proclaim ‘Rescue the Daughter of Tongyeong!’ is already in its third day and there are still no signs of fatigue on the faces of the twenty participants. The atmosphere is jolly, with everyone going to great lengths to cheer one another on". Source: The Daily NK
 
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