Two North Koreans attempted to defect. Were they sent by Seoul to their deaths?

Two North Koreans attempted to defect. Were they sent by Seoul to their deaths?

In November, two North Korean fishermen captured in Korean waters were escorted to the inter-Korean boundary, blindfolded and their bodies tied with ropes. There, they have been handed over to North Korean authorities.

South Korea reveals the seizure of North Korean fishermen in its waters once it happens. This time, the incident was kept secret — before a military officer on the boundary sent a text message reporting the handover to a senior aide and the message was captured by a photographer on the smartphone of the aide. Revelation after revelation has followed, leaving groups and advocates which include South Korea’s bar association agape with outrage to human rights.

As legislators looked to the matter, officials admitted that the two fishermen filed statements where they said they hoped to defect to South Korea. But after a few days of interrogation, South Korea concluded they were not refugees requiring protection but’criminals’ who butchered the captain and 15 crewmen in their ship.

The two were denied access to lawyers, a court hearing or an opportunity to appeal the government’s decision. Where they were taken until their blindfolds were taken off in the border, they didn’t know. When it was realized by them, one of them collapsed, according to lawmakers briefed by officials.

For the two men, their execution that is likely could be meant by their return to North Korea.

Tens of thousands of North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War’s end. ? Because North Koreans technically qualified under the Constitution of the South as citizens until now, all defectors had been approved by the South, regardless of their records.

In North Korea, the United Nations has lamented lack of due process for years, reporting torture, starvation, murder and other crimes against humanity perpetrated against criminal suspects, particularly those forcibly repatriated from overseas.

‘Forcibly repatriating them was an act against humanity that violated international law,’ an opposition lawmaker, Won Yoo-Chul, told a emotional parliamentary hearing . ‘Their repatriation constitutes a murder through willful negligence because South Korea delivered them into the North, fully aware that they would be implemented there.’

The case of both fishermen was unusual because it marked the first in which South Korea rejected North Korean defectors due to their crimes in the North or as their intent was considered disingenuous.

In a statement this week, Human Rights Watch and 66 rights groups accused South Korea of failing in its duty under international treaties to’protect anyone who would be at considerable risk of torture or other serious human rights violations .’

Few details have been revealed about the two North Koreans, except that one, was the other a and the boatswain.

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