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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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Tweet your comments/thoughts/support to #EscapeNorthKorea + @thedefectormov

Letter to
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres
I just signed a petition calling on members the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to urge countries to revisit current laws on procedure for North Koreans seeking refugee status.

As you know, there are currently 20,000-200,000 North Korean refugees hiding in China, but as China does not recognize North Korean defectors as refugees, defectors are under constant threat; if caught, they are returned to North Korea, where they face imprisonment or execution.

We are aware that the United Nations efficiently promotes peace and equality, and helps improve the lives of people all over the world, and we genuinely respect your organization for these efforts. However, there is a lot more to be done to help North Korean defectors:

1) Rethink Deportation Laws

Any North Korean defector found in China is deported back to North Korea, where they face imprisonment or death. We ask that you be more proactive in
helping denounce the repatriation of North Korean refugees in violation of the 1951 UN Convention and the 1967 UN Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as recognizing North Korean defectors as refugees under international law, prohibiting deportation, and ask all member countries of the United Nations to recognize defectors as refugees.

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. We ask that you help enable private sponsorship of North Korean defectors, to allow individuals or groups to provide financial aid towards helping defectors.

While there are a number of human rights organizations who have fought to change these laws in various ways, this is a proactive way that we, as a nation, can support and aid North Korean defectors.

Please support these changes and help North Korean refugees find freedom.