[NK NEWS] China expanding prisons where North Korean escapees are held: Investigation

2023-06-14

[NK NEWS 2023-06-13]

Three Chinese detention centers known or suspected to hold North Korean escapees have undergone extensive renovation during the pandemic, according to NK Pro analysis of satellite imagery, raising the possibility that China is increasing its capacity to detain defectors ahead of their forced repatriation. (중략)

NKDB has recorded the testimonies of at least 27 North Koreans who were incarcerated at the Helong detention center ahead of their repatriation to a jail operated by the DPRK’s Ministry of State Security in Musan County.

“I was interrogated a lot,” one defector told NKDB. “[The border police] asked me, ‘Why are they trying to get you out? Is there any huge disadvantage if you go back to North Korea? Have you met any South Koreans [in China]?’ I was also asked about Christianity.”

Another defector detained at Helong said they were forced to strip naked for a full-body search and made to wear a prisoner’s uniform before their repatriation to North Korea. (중략)


NK Pro가 위성사진을 분석한 결과, 탈북자를 수용하고 있는 것으로 알려졌거나 의심되는 중국의 구금시설 3곳이 팬데믹 기간 동안 대대적인 개보수를 거쳤으며, 이는 중국이 탈북자 강제 송환을 앞두고 탈북자 수용 능력을 강화하고 있을 가능성을 제기하고 있다. (중략)

NKDB는 무산에 있는 북한 국가보위부가 운영하는 교도소로 송환되기 전 허룽 구치소에 수감됐던 최소 27명의 북한 주민들의 증언을 확보했다.

한 탈북자는 NKDB에 "상당한 심문을 받았다"고 회고했으며, "[국경 경찰이] '왜 저들이 당신을 빼내려고 하는가, 북한으로 돌아가면 큰 불이익은 없는가, [중국에서] 한국인을 만난 적이 있는가'고 물었으며, 추가로 기독교에 대한 질문도 받았다고 증언했다.

허룽에 구금된 또 다른 탈북자는 전신 수색을 위해 강제로 옷이 벗겨졌으며, 북한으로 송환되기 전에 죄수복을 입도록 강요받았다고 증언했다. (중략)


기사원문 : https://www.nknews.org/pro/china-expanding-prisons-where-north-korean-escapees-are-held-investigation/