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Thursday, 24 May 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Situation of North Korean refugees (debate)

  Elena Băsescu (PPE).(RO) Mr President, the North Korean nuclear programme is a serious reason for concern in terms of international security, but it must not turn our attention away from the disastrous human rights situation in North Korea. The regime in Pyongyang seems to hold its own people captive. The precise number of people starving or locked up in concentration and re-education camps is unknown. Many of them try to run away out of despair, even though the risks are high for them, as well as for their families. The refugees from neighbouring countries have a right to protection and assistance from specialised organisations, as well as to an adequate status. I urge the entire international community not to turn a blind eye to the suffering of these people.

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