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Thursday, 24 May 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Situation of North Korean refugees (debate)
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  Cristian Dan Preda (PPE).(RO) Mr President, North Korea is, as my colleagues have already pointed out, a giant prison, where 150 000 to 200 000 political prisoners live in inhuman conditions. Some of them were born in detention camps, so they have never known freedom. By our resolution, we call on the Chinese authorities to stop cooperating with North Korea in chasing and returning North Koreans who manage to escape from this giant prison. North Koreans arriving in China must be treated as refugees requesting political asylum, and I hope that our Socialist colleagues will join the other political groups in supporting this reading. We also wish that Member States participate in developing an international protection system for these refugees. All they wish is respect for their fundamental rights.

 
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