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Hundreds of North Koreans Who ‘Vanished’ After Being Deported From China Likely Face Torture in Prison

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Up to 600 North Koreans have “vanished” after having been repatriated from China to the isolated communist country, where they are likely to face imprisonment and abuse at the hands of authorities, a rights group said Thursday.

No communication has been established with the North Koreans since they were forcibly deported from China in October in what the Transitional Justice Working Group, or TJWG, based in Seoul, South Korea, says is the largest mass repatriation of its kind in years.

The identities of most of the repatriated North Koreans also remain unknown, though more than 70% are estimated to be women.

Branded criminals and traitors by the North Korean regime, they are likely to face torture and sexual- and gender-based violence, imprisonment in concentration camps, forced abortions and execution, the group said as it urged the U.S. and other governments to condemn China’s actions as a violation of international norms.

“Unlike North Korea, China does actually care about its international reputation,” said Ethan Hee-Seok Shin, a legal analyst at TJWG, “and we believe that more forceful criticism and more forceful action from the U.S. side might make Beijing rethink its policy.”

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