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Dozens of North Koreans Held in Shan State: Activist

15 July 2013

A South Korean activist claims 64 North Korean defectors are being held by rebel groups near the border town of Tachilek in Shan State in northeastern Burma, South Korean newspaper The Dong-A Ilbo reports. Kim Hee-tae, an activist for North Korean human rights, said the refugees had fled their country and had been detained by rebels while on their way from China to Thailand several years ago. “I visited the place from July 3 to 9 to verify their captivity,” he said, adding that rebels were demanding a ransom of US$5,000 per person. The activist claimed the North Koreans were being subject to forced labor and prostitution.

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