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- DPR Korea Needs and Priorities March 2018
- Pervasive, Punitive, and Predetermined: Understanding Modern Slavery in North Korea
- DPR Korea: Floods and landslides Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF n° MDRKP012
- Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (28 August - 3 September 2018)
- DPRK: Deadly heatwave threatening lives of children and elderly
Our analysis shows that millions of ‘people caught in crisis’ - people living in conflict, and/or who are displaced within their own countries or across borders – are in fact being left behind. Failure to take action now means that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be met, undermining the credibility of the international community and leaving millions to die unnecessarily.
New York 21 Apr 2006 - The visit
to the United States of Hu Jintao has called renewed attention to the plight
of North Korean refugees who have fled to China.
China is a party to the UN Refugee Convention but refuses to acknowledge the refugee claims of North Koreans seeking sanctuary inside its borders. It asserts that they are all "food migrants." In violation of its international obligations, China arrests most North Koreans and forcibly returns to them to North Korea.
The International Rescue Committee calls on the neighboring states of North Korea to respect the right of first asylum for refugees fleeing oppression and politically manipulated food shortages in North Korea.
Those fleeing North Korea have a prima facie claim to refugee status, not only because of the political persecution and repression they're fleeing but also because: (1) food is distributed by the North Korean regime based on political loyalty, which means that the famine itself has a persecution element; and (2) under the North Korean penal code, North Koreans who flee the …