Help North Korean Refugees #EscapeNorthKorea
  • Petitioned Antonio Guterres

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Antonio Guterres

Help North Korean Refugees #EscapeNorthKorea

    1. Fathom Film Group, Hanvoice and North Korean Human Rights Film Festival
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      Fathom Film Group, Hanvoice and North Korean Human Rights Film Festival

      Toronto, Canada

TELL THE UNITED NATIONS TO HELP NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES

Take action and help North Korean refugees find freedom by signing the petition below:

Imagine living in a country where...

• Lack of food and hunger are a constant part of everyday life
• Citizens are at risk of being imprisoned at any time
• Prisoners are tortured, starved and ill-treated and forced to witness public executions
• The imprisonment of one family member often means the imprisonment of all members of three generations of the family
• An estimated 200,000 political prisoners are held in work camps

This is the reality of life in North Korea.

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Due to this repressive regime in North Korea, thousands of women and men escape North Korea through China, in hopes of finding a better life.

There are approximately 20,000-200,000 North Korean refugees hiding in China. Because China does not recognize North Korean defectors as refugees, defectors in China are under constant threat; if caught, they are returned to North Korea, where they face imprisonment or execution. 

The United Nations efficiently promotes peace and equality, and helps improve the lives of people all over the world, and we genuinely respect their organization for these efforts. However, there is a lot more the UN can do to help those who escape from North Korea:

1) Rethink Deportation Laws

Any North Korean defector found in China is deported back to North Korea, where they face imprisonment or death. The United Nations should recognize North Korean defectors as refugees under international law, prohibiting deportation, and ask all member countries of the United Nations to recognize them as such. Forced repatriation should stop immediately, and the UN has the team and resources to help make this happen.

2) Rethink Human Smuggling Laws 

Anyone who aids a defector out of China and into another country, financially or otherwise, is considered a human smuggler. Enabling private sponsorship of North Korean defectors could help change this law – allowing individuals or groups to provide financial aid towards helping defectors.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP DEFECTORS?

1) Sign the petition

2) Walk in a defector's shoes, experience The Defector Interactive & help us Tweet-bomb the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (@Refugees) to get their attention

3) Join the community on Facebook

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    • June Lee SUNNYVALE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Many Korean families were divided by the establishment of the 38th peninsula. The governments in the North and South must recognize this issue and move towards gradual unification, with ending human rights abuse in North Korea their main goal.

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    • Saleh Bhatti LONDON, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      North Korea: Lack of food and hunger are a constant part of everyday life

      • Citizens are at risk of being imprisoned at any time

      • Prisoners are tortured, starved and ill-treated and forced to witness public executions

      • The imprisonment of one family member often means the imprisonment of all members of three generations of the family

      • An estimated 200,000 political prisoners are held in work camps

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    • Alicia Lerma MARKHAM, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Was recently aware of this and it's frustrating to know that this is still going on in our world today.

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    • gene tan SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 2 months ago

      helping out my girlfriend

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    • Vivien Tan SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 2 months ago

      Everyone SHOULD BE entitled to basic human rights. Bring down the injustice in N.K. Bring down the regime.

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