Sign the Petition Calling on China to Stop the Forced Repatriation of North Korean Refugees
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What is "THE LIST"? THE LIST contains names and information about North Korean refugees and humanitarian workers who have been seized by Chinese authorities. Refusing to abide by international treaty obligations, the People's Republic of China forcibly repatriates North Koreans seeking asylum and punishes humanitarian workers who provide aid to them.
View CNN's heartbreaking news story about the 9 North Korean orphans who were repatriated to North Korea by the Laotian government through China in May 2013. (This was the second most read CNN story online worldwide on Oct 1, 2013).
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Please consider signing the petition calling on China to stop
the forced repatriation of North Korean refugees. The petition was
delivered to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2013, Human Rights Day, however, due to the public's great interest in the issue, we continue to make it available for additional signatures to be delivered to the Chinese Embassy on a date to be announced.
(To view the petition in Spanish, click here).
TO: His Excellency Xi Jinping
President of the People’s Republic of China
Dear Mr. President:
September 24, 2013 marked the 31st anniversary of China becoming a signatory to the 1951Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol. By signing this agreement, China showed to the world its aspiration to work with the international community in humanely handling refugees who have entered your country.
We beseech you to consider the desperate plight of refugees fleeing into China from North Korea to escape starvation, oppression, religious persecution, and arbitrary detention. We ask that you honor your international treaty commitments by providing them access to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, so that they will not be subjected to forced repatriation to North Korea where they are considered to have committed a crime for the simple act of leaving the country. They face certain torture, certain imprisonment, and in some cases execution for fleeing their homeland.
Unlike any refugee crisis in the world today, the North Korean refugees have a place to go for immediate resettlement as they are eligible for citizenship from South Korea, under Articles 2 and 3 of the Republic of Korea Constitution.
We believe working together with the international community and the UNHCR, China can demonstrate great leadership by resolving this crisis quickly and safely. We petition you to cease your policy of repatriation and allow the international community to assist your government in resettling North Korean refugees in South Korea and other willing nations.
>> See below for information about the UNHCR, 1951 Convention, and China's Obligations
> Text of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status ofRefugees and the 1967 Protocol along with more information about the
UNHCR, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
> List of State Parties to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol (pdf)
>> To make a donation to help North Korean refugees, click here.