In the News – Prominent S.Korean Activist to Testify Before UNHCR

In the News – Prominent S.Korean Activist to Testify Before UNHCR

Oh Kil-nam, a prominent South Korean activist whose wife and daughters were detained in North Korea, will testify before the UN High Commissioner for Refugees this week about the abuse his family suffered, a diplomatic source said.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees apparently decided to hear Oh’s testimony after the UNHCR found last month that his wife and daughters were unlawfully detained by North Korea. It is rare for a member of a family abducted by North Korea to get a chance to testify before the UNHCR.

Oh will also reply to questions from members and read a letter urging North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to release his daughters.

Oh and his wife, Shin Suk-ja were lured to North Korea from Germany in 1985. Oh later escaped alone.

In November last year, the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea submitted a petition to the UN seeking the rescue of Shin and her daughters. Pressed by the UN for a response, North Korea sent a curt letter this month claiming Shin had died of hepatitis and her daughters disowned Oh.

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