Petition to Xi Jinping to Stop Repatriating North Korean Refugees!
Please help North Korea Freedom Coalition member Na-Yeon Park of Rutgers collect signatures to be delivered to President Xi Jinping through various Chinese Embassies. This is an important cause as China is the "gate-keeper" to so many issues surrounding North Korean refugees and other issues involving North Korea.
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His Excellency Xi Jinping
President, People’s Republic of China
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Dear Mr. President:
On September 24, 1982, the People’s Republic of China signed the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. By signing this agreement, the PRC agreed to share international concerns and protocols for refugees. As you know the Korean family remains divided and those living under the Kim Jong Un regime in the North suffer unspeakable atrocities and crimes against humanity leading many to flee the country and become refugees. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK (COI) concluded in February 2014 in describing the Kim regime: “The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”

We are appealing to you as China’s leader with three specific requests that we believe will contribute in healing and uniting the divided and suffering Korean people. First, we ask you to consider the plight of those refugees coming into China from North Korea, to provide them a safe passage to a third country, and to cease returning them to North Korea. Those returned under your current policies face certain torture, imprisonment and often public execution.

We respect China’s concerns about its border, and the influx of refugees illegally crossing that border fleeing persecution and deprivation in North Korea. As more and more nations become aware of this difficult situation, it is important for these nations to work with your government to help resolve this refugee crisis in a way that fulfills the goals of the Convention and Protocol. Unlike any other refugee crisis in the world, North Korean refugees have immediate resettlement sites as citizens of South Korea under Articles 2 and 3 of the Republic of Korea Constitution. In addition to South Korea, other countries are willing to resettle these refugees.

North Korean refugees need not be a burden and concern for China. While the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC) will help China quickly and safely resettle these refugees, we are also asking the U.S. government to do more to facilitate resettlement. We believe working together with the international community and the UNHCR can lead to China resolving this crisis quickly, safely, and according to international law.

Next, most North Korean refugees in China are trafficked and forced into prostitution and illegal marriages. During these cases, North Korean women and children are separated from each other and their family members. Furthermore, North Korean refugees in China are threatened to be repatriated if orders are not followed. We request for the People's Republic of China to aid in ceasing these human rights violations that are occurring in China. This initiative will prevent further separation from family members and fear of repatriation. China's support in the movement against North Korean human rights violations will inevitably strengthen bilateral and multilateral ties.

For our third and final request, we also ask your government to work with the government of South Korea to bring about the peaceful reunification of Korea by ending your support for Kim Jong-Un. Kim is not only committing crimes against humanity, but is also the main source of hostility and nuclear threats in the Pacific Rim. More and more Chinese scholars and military leaders are recognizing that a peaceful and nuclear free Korean Peninsula can only be achieved when the Kim Jong-Un regime is gone. We acknowledge China’s opposition to South Korea’s deployment of THAAD and respect China’s concerns about an escalation of nuclear proliferation in the region. However, please note the government of South Korea has taken this step because the Kim regime regularly threatens to attack South Korea, and continues to test and proliferate nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. In order to prevent a future nuclear war in the East Asia Pacific, we respectfully request for Xi Jinping and the People's Republic of China to withdraw its support for Kim Jong-Un. This move will be one of the first steps in the right direction to combat North Korean human rights violations.

With your leadership we know that Korean families can be peacefully reunited, and the friendship between the people of China and Korea can once again flourish to expand economic prosperity for all in the region. We look forward to your response to our requests and thank you for your time and consideration.


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