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Cruel and unusual punishment

North Korea | Missionary couple laments the reported execution of two young North Korean defectors and the inhumane imprisonment of seven others
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/08/14, 12:40 pm

UPDATE: A U.S. State Department spokesperson said it is “deeply troubling” if the reports are true about what has become of the nine North Korean defectors. 

“These reported actions are deplorable and in line with the ongoing, systematic, and widespread human rights violations and the treatment of North Korean refugees in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] documented in the UN Commission of Inquiry report,” the spokesperson said.

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The other side of failure

North Korea | Caretakers find solace and take stock after nine North Korean orphans are deported from Laos
by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/29/13, 01:00 am

The world tells the tale of the nine North Korean defectors as tragedy.

In June the nine young defectors, all believed to be orphans between ages 15 and 23, followed a Korean missionary couple across the southwestern China border to Laos. That route is a well-used underground railroad; for years, the couple—identified only as Jang and Shin for safety reasons—used that path to guide many defectors safely out of China to South Korea.

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