More evidence against
North Korea; China still holding Noguchi & other aid workers;
More European officials questioning North Korea
The following announcement was sent out on February 20
More Evil than Told in BBC Documentary
on North Korea
Earlier this month, a BBC documentary revealed
strong evidence that North Korea is running chemical and biological
experiments on political prisoners and their entire families.
Mr. Hiroshi Kato, secretary-general of our organization,
together with Mr. Sang Hun Kim, Korean human rights activist,
flew to Europe to meet with UN High Commissioner for Refugees,
Ruud Lubbers, as well as NGO officials and parliamentary members
in a number of countries. The purpose of the trip was to explore
greater European involvement in and support for an end to Chinese
maltreatment and repatriation of North Korean refugees.
UK Foreign Office Minister, Bill Rammell MP,
summoned the North Korean Ambassador. Mr. Ri Yong Ho, to the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office on February 12 to raise concerns at new
reports of grave human rights violations in North Korea. Mr. Rammell
said, "I called in Mr. Ri to inform his government that we
were deeply disturbed by the allegations in the BBC documentary."
Rammell further stated, "We will continue to lobby DPRK on
human rights at every opportunity."
Meanwhile, Japanese citizen Takayuki Noguchi sits
in a Chinese jail, more than 70 days after his arrest. That country
is holding him, along with the two North Korean refugees he had
gone there to help. UNHCR is requesting access to the refugees,
but China refuses. Details are at http://www.northkoreanrefugees.com
Noguchi and other humanitarian aid workers have
been arrested while attempting to protect North Korean defectors,
who would face brutality beyond belief at the prison camps in
their own country if repatriated. These aid workers are still
in Chinese jails.
In Tokyo, on February 22, Mr. Kim and Mr. Kato
will report details of their talks with the European leaders they
visited. At the conference, Mr. Kim will also give further details
about the biological experimentation.
(See "Refugees Bring Proof of NK Biological Experiments"
Date & Time:
Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR)
6:30 PM, Sunday 22 February 2004
Kameido Bunka Center
(Camellia Plaza 5th Floor, Room No. 1)
2-min. walk from Kameido Station
2-19-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Following BBC's broadcast of the documentary "Access
to Evil," we have decided to release an e-book collection
of more than a hundred eye-witness accounts of North Korean defectors
whom we have interviewed over the past decade. As the e-book reveals,
biological testing is only a part of North Korea's inhumanity.
The e-book is also available as a free download at www.northkoreanrefugees.com/ebook.htm
Best regards from Japan,
Life Funds for North Korean Refugees