Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



NUKEWARS
China defends repatriation of North Koreans
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2017


China on Monday defended its repatriation of North Koreans who have escaped across its border after a United Nations envoy voiced concern about increasing detentions and expulsions.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, said last week he had shared his concerns with Chinese officials in recent months.

But foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Monday that "the persons who illegally trespassed into China are not refugees" and would be handled according to "international law and humanitarian need".

"We hope relevant people can abide by principles in the UN charter to respect normal law enforcement on the Chinese side," Lu told a regular press briefing.

Ojea Quintana said on Friday he was "alarmed by a surge in detentions and forced repatriations of North Koreans" who are caught in China after making it across the border.

The envoy said he had reminded Chinese authorities of their obligations under the 1951 refugee convention as well as relevant parts of the UN system.

"I urge them again to address this problem by giving special protection to DPRK (North Korea) citizens who transit through China's territory," he said in Seoul.

If forcibly returned, North Korean defectors are at risk of persecution, arbitrary detention, torture or other ill-treatment, enforced disappearance and execution, according to Human Rights Watch.

"Women continue to be especially vulnerable to violent practices when they are sent back. Strip-searches, cavity inspections, verbal abuse and sexual violence are still known to happen in holding centres near the border with China," Ojea Quintana said.

Human Rights Watch said in June, citing activists and family members, that at least 51 North Koreans had been detained in China since July last year, including a baby born in detention, four children and three elderly women in frail health.

Based on their information, the rights watchdog said it believed that at least 13 of the North Koreans had already been forcibly returned, while the others remained in China for now.

The Demilitarised Zone dividing the Korean peninsula is one of the most heavily fortified places in the world. Almost all North Korean defectors intending to reach South Korea cross first to China and then on to a third country before travelling to Seoul.

The number of North Koreans escaping to the South declined sharply in the first half of this year as Pyongyang strengthened controls on its border with China, Seoul officials said this month.

In the six months to June, 593 Northerners entered South Korea, down 20.8 percent from the same period in 2016, statistics compiled by Seoul's Unification Ministry showed.

NUKEWARS
S. Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions
Seoul (AFP) July 17, 2017
South Korea on Monday offered to hold rare military talks with North Korea, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The offer of talks, the first since South Korea elected dovish President Moon Jae-In, came as the Red Cross in Seoul proposed a separate meeting to discuss reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The Sou ... read more

Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

NUKEWARS
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Ralph Johnson completes builders trials

Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Mecca: Arab coalition

Lockheed awarded $130.3 million contract for Patriot missile foreign sales

US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games

NUKEWARS
Two countries order Rheinmetall air defense systems

Raytheon receives Standard Missile contract for U.S., foreign navies

Raytheon, Lockheed to upgrade Javelin missile system

Progress with Russia over air-defence system: Erdogan

NUKEWARS
AeroVironment supplying small UAS to Australia

Insitu receives contract for Afghan ScanEagle UAS services

Leonardo DRS, Moog receive counter-UAS weapons contract

Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training

NUKEWARS
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers

North Dakota UAS Training Center Depends on IGC Satellite Connectivity

First UAVs, Now Ships - Connectivity for the next generation of remote naval operations

Northrop Grumman receives Australian satellite ground station contract

NUKEWARS
BAE, Gorizioni Group partner on BvS10 all-terrain vehicle

Raytheon receives $75 million Small Diameter Bomb II contract

BAE testing new monitoring system for military bridges

China military setting up technology research agency

NUKEWARS
Japan's scandal-hit defence chief resigns

GAO report details sting operation that defrauded DOD surplus program for police

White House to issue executive order on defense industry sourcing

Pentagon trims Pakistan military aid over Haqqani inaction

NUKEWARS
China to 'step up' troop deployment against India; China buzzes US recon plane

China urges ASEAN to reject outside interference

Sweden plans large joint military exercise with NATO

China and India locked in high-stakes, high-altitude border row

NUKEWARS
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks

New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption

How do you build a metal nanoparticle?

Nanostructures taste the rainbow




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement