Wednesday, February 19, 2014

China rejects UN report on N.Korean human rights

China has rejected a United Nations demand that it stop repatriating North Korean defectors.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying referred on Tuesday to a new report by a UN commission studying human rights violations in North Korea.

The spokeswoman said Beijing cannot accept the criticism in the report, which was released on Monday.

She said China deals with illegal North Koreans appropriately, in accordance with international and domestic laws and humanitarian principles.

The UN report says people fleeing the North to China are refugees who are entitled to international protection.

It urges China to stop deporting them, saying that forcible repatriation is a violation of their human rights.

The report said defectors face persecution and torture when they return home.

Analysts say the Chinese government fears a flood of refugees from the North and is expected to continue the deportations.

The government has criticized the UN report for politicizing human rights issues.