Celebrities hold concert against China's repatriation of NK defectors

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    Some 30 South Korean celebrities held a concert in Seoul to urge China not to repatriate North Korean defectors. The celebrities, including popular TV actor Cha In-pyo and his actress wife Shin Ae-ra, has recently formed an organization called "Cry with us" with 30 teenagers who defected from North Korea, to help defectors caught in China.
    During the concert slated for Sunday at Yonsei University's main campus in Seoul, the group issued a letter of appeal written in Korean, Chinese and English, urging Beijing not to repatriate North Korean defectors to their homeland.
    Tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of North Koreans are believed to be living in hiding in China after fleeing their communist homeland in hopes of settling in South Korea.
    The issue has drawn fresh media and public attention as China is reportedly moving to return dozens of detained North Korean escapees to their homeland where they are certain to face severe punishment or even execution.


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    Chinese Intellectuals Join Support for N.Korean Refugees

    Opposition is growing within China against the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors who were arrested there, with columnists, novelists and other intellectuals posting comments on the social media criticizing Beijing's policy.

    They called on the Chinese government to deal with the North Korean defectors under humanitarian principles.

    Some comments on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, directly criticized Beijing. One survey on the site conducted by a user in Shanghai showed that 75 percent of respondents were against sending the North Koreans back.
     

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