Thursday, July 21, 2005


From: wan_li888888@...
Date:Tue, 8 Feb 2005 09:52:44 -0500 (EST)

I am an ethnic Korean Chinese.I am very interested in the subject of North
Korean refugees.I have been involved in helping them in the past but now
haved gained political asylum in Canada after being detained several times
in China,Cambodia and Vietnam, in the process of helping them. The UNHCR
is currently being pushed towards recognising many of the North Koreans as
refugees,especially the ones in China.This is a political issue and the
refugees may be used by different special interest groups who don't really
care about the well being of the people involved but more for use as a
toll to pressure China.I am concerned primarily about how the refugees can
be helped and the solutions that will help a large number of them.Now
there are tens of thousands of North Koreans in China who work just like
Mexicans do in the USA. There are only a few hundred that have been
rounded up by NGO groups and ran into Embassies buit those actions -aimed
at media sensationalism- have affected the lives of the many in China,with
police checks and crackdowns,deportations etc.I am just researching now
and have found some good information and plenty of disinformation too.

Please ask any specifics and hope you can share some thoughts.I believe
the sentiment in the UNHCR will be to use this for political purposes when
the time comes,perhaps around 2006.

Wan Li


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