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North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk

North Korean defector and activist Hyeonseo Lee, who lives in South Korea, poses as she presents her book 'The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story' in Beijing on March 26, 2016A North Korean defector made a rare public appearance in China on Saturday, criticising Beijing’s repatriation of asylum seekers despite alleged warnings from South Korea not to speak out. Hyeonseo Lee, who escaped from North Korea to China in 1997, called on Beijing to let refugees from her original homeland — who it routinely sends back — pass “safely without being caught by the Chinese authorities”. Human rights groups have for decades condemned Beijing for deporting North Korean asylum seekers, who they say face torture and imprisonment when repatriated.

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