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NK Officials Punished, Killed for Failure to Properly Mourn Kim Jong-il's D... 
Date : March 23, 2012
"North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is known to have executed or fired some military officers and government officials for committing immoral acts during the mourning period of his father Kim Jong-il." Source: KBS World
China Arrests Ten Defectors, Guide 
Date : March 23, 2012
"Chinese authorities have arrested 10 North Korean defectors and their guide, sparking fears that they could face persecution and even execution back home if repatriated, according to a source who assists refugees in China." Source: Radio Free Asia
100 Family Members of NK Escapees Put into Political Prisoner Camps 
Date : March 13, 2012
"Liberty Forward Party legislator Park Sun-young says North Korea is sending a number of families left behind by North Korean escapees into political prisoner camps this month." Source: KBS World
China returns 31 N. Korean refugees: Seoul activists 
Date : March 9, 2012
"China has repatriated all 31 North Korean refugees it arrested last month despite international pressure against the move, activists said Friday, warning they could face severe punishment." Source: Agence France-Presse
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
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