N Korea slams human rights group for criticising China’s forced return of defectors

03-Aug-2021 Intellasia | Yonhap | 7:02 AM Print This Post

North Korea on Monday slammed an international human rights group for criticising China’s repatriation of defectors, calling the group a “villainous human rights plot organisation.”

Last month, Human Rights Watch raised concerns after China sent nearly 50 North Korean refugees back to their homeland where they could face torture and imprisonment, saying that more refugees are at risk as Pyongyang has recently reopened its borders.

The North’s foreign ministry lashed out at the group, accusing it of making an “anti-China human rights racket” and spreading rumours about forced repatriation.

“When it comes to ‘Human Rights Watch’, it is a villainous ‘human rights’ plot organisation which, describing itself as an international human rights body, has actively engaged in the anti-China ‘human rights’ rackets by the successive US administrations,” the ministry said on its website.

The ministry also slammed the organisation for slandering the “true picture” of human rights in China and spreading “fabrications” that it is violating human rights in Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region.

Human Rights Watch claimed that the Chinese government is currently holding at least 1,170 North Koreans in detention.



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