Pyongyang, January 31 (KCNA) -- So Se Phyong, DPRK permanent representative to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, sent a letter to Joaquin Alexander Maza Martelli, president of the UN Human Rights Council, on January 27.
The letter said:
I have the honor of writing to you to draw your attention to the
enticed group abduction of DPRK citizens by the south Korean
authorities, which constitutes a contemporary form of human rights
violation deserving international condemnation but still remains being
As already known, the south Korean authorities, engrossed with the
smear campaign against the DPRK, let the agents of NIS (National
Intelligence Service) commit the heinous terrorist act of alluring and
abducting the DPRK's women citizens in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province of
China in broad daylight in early April 2016 to south Korea.
In this regard I would like to recall my letter (A/HRC/32/G/7) sent
to your predecessor dated May 17, 2016 asking for an urgent action for
the repatriation of the abducted DPRK women citizens and the letters
from the families of the abductees sent to your predecessor twice (as
enclosed in the Note Verbales of the DPRK Permanent Mission in Geneva
Ref. No. 0036 dated 22 April 2016 and Ref. No. 0077 dated 30 November
2016), earnestly appealing for help so that their beloved daughters
return home as quickly as possible.
We cannot but express our disappointment at the fact that no action
has been taken by your office until now as we have entered 2017 without
even a reply to our letters.
The UN human rights organs, true to their entrusted mandate and
duty, will have to respond to the earnest demand of the families of the
abductees for bringing the south Korean authorities before the court of
justice and having their beloved daughters back to their parents.
On this opportunity, I would also like to urge for an appropriate
action by your office for an immediate repatriation of Kim Ryon Hui, a
DPRK citizen who has repeatedly appealed through south Korean and
international media for help so that she can return home, lamenting
herself of having been tricked to south Korea in September 2011.
The enticed abduction of DPRK citizens by the south Korean
authorities constitutes a crime against humanity which has resulted in
division of families artificially separating parents and children. Hence
how to deal with this case will be a touchstone testing the true stand
of your office for the promotion and protection of human rights.
We will not cease our struggle until the repatriation of DPRK
citizens who were enticed and abducted by the south Korean authorities
and will continue to seek any further action as may be required while
closely following any step to be taken by your office.
I look forward to receiving your positive reply concerning this issue. -