N.Korean Defectors Complain of Discrimination in S.Korea

      March 15, 2017 12:45

      Half of North Korean defectors living in South Korea have suffered discrimination, according to a study by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.

      Some 45.4 percent of the 480 respondents said they have been discriminated against because of their North Korean origin. Respondents said they faced discrimination primarily from people in the street (20.6 percent), their bosses (17.9 percent) and co-workers (16.5 percent).

      Some 27.7 percent said they did nothing when they became the target of bullying, although 16.2 percent turned to civic groups for help and 13.6 percent said they accosted the perpetrators and told them to stop.

      Meanwhile, 74.4 percent said they had never heard the term "human rights" when they lived in the North, and 85.6 percent said they had no privacy there. Some 64 percent said they witnessed public executions and 26 percent suffered beatings or torture.

      The NHRC said South Koreans need to be taught an unbiased attitude toward North Korean defectors and called on the government here to strive to improve human rights in the North.

      As of the end of 2016, around 30,000 North Korean defectors were living in South Korea.

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