Latest North Korean Human Rights Act Stories

2006-05-19 22:54:48

SEOUL (Reuters) - Four North Koreans scaled the wall of a U.S. consulate in China to seek asylum in the United States, South Korean media reported on Saturday, the first such defections since Washington granted refugee status to North Koreans earlier this month. Yonhap news agency, citing unnamed sources, said three men and one woman left South Korea's consulate in the northeastern city of Shenyang, where they had been given refuge, to enter the nearby U.S. mission. Yonhap quoted an...

2006-03-30 18:28:49

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - The White House expressed grave concern on Thursday at China's deportation of a North Korean woman who sought asylum there. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said China had deported the woman to North Korea despite attempts by the United States, South Korea and the U.N. refugee agency to raise the case with Beijing. The White House expressed its concern as Bush prepares for a visit to Washington by Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 20. "The United...

2006-02-23 17:18:12

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has failed to implement 2004 legislation aimed at promoting human rights in North Korea and giving asylum to refugees from that communist state, senior U.S. legislators said. In a letter this week to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S. senators and congressmen said the State Department must swiftly implement the North Korean Human Rights Act and take the lead in tackling the North's refugee crisis....

2005-12-08 22:14:45

By Jon Herskovitz and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. special envoy for human rights in North Korea called the state "a hidden world of hopelessness and terror" on Friday and said Pyongyang's treatment of its citizens was a global concern. Jay Lefkowitz, who earlier this year took up the new post of Washington's point man on North Korean human rights, said the only way for Pyongyang to claim legitimacy was for it to ensure human rights for its citizens. Lefkowitz, speaking at a...

2005-08-19 10:17:58

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Friday named a former White House adviser to become U.S. special envoy on human rights in North Korea. Jay Lefkowitz, who has previously served as a domestic policy aide to Bush, has also been a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission. The White House said his job will be to raise awareness of human rights issues in North Korea.

2005-07-18 17:51:43

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The movement to press North Korea on human rights can support -- not hinder -- negotiations to convince the communist state to give up nuclear arms, activists said on Monday. On Tuesday, about a thousand people including U.S. and South Korean lawmakers, Jewish holocaust experts and North Korean refugees will hold a conference focusing on the human rights record of the government of leader Kim Jong-il. Negotiators from the United...

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