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Debate on female N.K. defectors' rights violations in China to be held at U.N.

All News 17:11 January 19, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Yonhap) -- A coalition of American rights groups will host a debate forum on human rights violations against female North Korean defectors, especially in China, at the United Nations headquarters in March, a U.S. broadcaster reported Thursday.

"The North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC) will hold the forum for the first time at the U.N. on March 13," Washington-based Radio Free Asia said, quoting Jason West, a co-chairman of the NKFC's Working Group on North Korean Women. The coalition launched the Group in April last year to urge the U.N. to take actions to help improve North Korean women's rights.

Titled "Female North Korean Defectors' Deficiencies and Human trafficking in China," the debate will be attended by defectors, rights experts, the American Ambassador to the U.N. and diplomats from other nations, West said.

The forum is scheduled to provide a briefing on the terrible human rights situation of female North Korean defectors in China and urge the Chinese government to work out countermeasures against it, he said.

Of human rights violations against North Korean women in China, human trafficking, among other things, will be intensively discussed, he said.

The forum will also be held as part of events for the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women's gathering in that month, he added.

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