Monday, June 3, 2013

U.N. fears nine North Korean defectors sent home by China

The United Nations has "credible information" that China has returned nine young North Korean defectors to their homeland, where they face possible severe punishment or even execution for having fled, it said on Friday.

There was no immediate comment from China on the possible deportation. International law requires that a person be allowed to apply for asylum and not be expelled to a country where his life or freedom may be under threat.

The U.N. human rights office called on Pyongyang to allow independent monitors to visit the alleged defectors to ensure their well-being.