Almost around half of 451 North Korean deserters who were questioned in a survey suffered physical violence in the hands of North Korean authorities. On Tuesday, this information was revealed by a rights group, as North Korean leader gears up for another round of summit with US President Donald Trump.
On Sunday, U.S. legislators called Kim s the leader of perhaps the world’s most coercive regime; however, analysts’ stated that just like in the leaders’ first summit, which was held in Singapore last June, human rights issue won’t be addressed this time also.
Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on 27th and 28th February, eight months after their landmark Singapore summit, being the first to be held between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
The top issue of their agenda would be the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and what compromise the United States may offer in return for North Korea’s measure to surrender its weapons. The poor human rights won’t be featured in the summit at all.
The survey found that three out of four North Korean rebels endured physical violence or encountered the death of close family members, through execution or starvation, forced deportation, or arrest.
Around 48% of the respondents stated that they had personally faced violence committed by the North Korean authorities, consisting of beating, torture, rape and other sexual assault.
In a recent interview, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is presently in Hanoi for the summit, reasserted a U.S. pledge to speak out and take action against human rights violations, including those that happened in North Korea. He even stated that America is the only country that takes strong steps against human rights violation in a firm manner and President Trump has been at the lead of doing that. However, there has been anxiety that rights are likely to have been dismissed in the agenda in dealing with North Korea.