Target: Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Do not send suffering North Korean refugees back to their country.
Nine North Korean refugees, including one 11-month-old baby, were caught sneaking into China to get to South Korea to escape North Korea’s totalitarian regime. According to the refugees’ family members, they were last being held in Tumen, Jilin province, a Chinese military base located near the Chinese-North Korea border. An article in Human Rights Watch stated that “given the proximity to the border, [HRW] is concerned that a forced return could happen at any time.”
North Korean citizens that attempt to flee the country are considered to be traitors by order of the North Korea Ministry of People’s Security and can be punished by death. If the Chinese government plans to return these nine refugees back to North Korea, the refugees will face probable abuse, torture, and death upon repatriation.
As the leader of China, Xi Jinping should consider the rights and lives of not only his own citizens but the rights and lives of refugees escaping to China as well. Sending the nine refugees back into North Korea would jeopardize the refugees’ freedom and safety. Sign this petition to urge the President of China to help these innocent refugees into South Korea that simply want to escape the totalitarian regime in North Korea.
Dear President Jinping,
Many North Korean citizens live a life with little freedom, safety, and basic human needs and choose to flee from their country’s oppressive rule. Those that are repatriated, however, are punished for “treachery against the nation,” by law of the North Korean Ministry of People’s Security. Punishments for the so-called refugee “traitors” include abuse, torture, and even death.
That being said, nine North Korean citizens have recently fled their country to find refuge in South Korea. They were stopped in China and are now being held by your government in the People’s Republic of China. The last known location of the group was at the China-North Korea border.
We ask that you release the refugees and allow them safe passage to South Korea. Sending them back into North Korea would be jeopardize their freedom, safety, and lives.
[Your Name Here]
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