Mongolia praised for improved treatment of North Korean refugees

Mongolian treatment of refugees escaping from North Korea has been praised by a U.N. expert on human rights. 

At the conclusion of a week-long visit to Mongolia, Vitit Muntarbhorn, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, released a report on refugees in Mongolia. 

Regarding Mongolia, the report noted,  “The Special Rapporteur notes commendable progress, since his previous visit, in regard to improvements concerning the facilities sheltering those who have sought asylum from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”  

“These facilities now offer more space and are better ventilated than in the past. The Special Rapporteur was informed by those who are sheltered at these facilities that they are well cared for and that they look forward to a new life in their final destination country.” 

Additionally, the report urged Mongolia to ratify the Refugee Convention and its Protocol as well as the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols on human trafficking and smuggling.

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