The International Network of North Korean Human Rights Activists,
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The International Network of North Korean Human Rights Activists, in collaboration with NGO’s Justice for North Korea, and Helping Hands Korea, have assisted nine North Korean defectors (details and photos attached) in their successful bid for diplomatic sanctuary as refugees to the Embassy of Denmark in Hanoi, Vietnam at 10:08 A.M on Thursday, the 24th of September, 2009. It is expected that the North Korean refugees will eventually proceed to South Korea, as North Korean defectors are de facto South Korean citizens upon the decision of permanent flight from North Korea. The chronic difficulties activists have experienced in enlisting the assistance of South Korean diplomatic stations in protecting North Korean refugees in third countries has often made it necessary to seek assistance elsewhere. Perhaps this dramatic and desperate bid for freedom will prove to be an impetus to the South Korean Emassy in Vietnam to take a more proactive role in protecting North Korean refugees as provided for by customary international norms of humanitarianism. This field action providentially corresponds with the release on Sept. 24 th of the Toronto Resolutions regarding the plight of North Korean refugees, as well as the Save North Korean Refugees events in Washinton D.C. on the same day.