Abuse / Violence / Forced Abortion

Infant Euthanasia Practiced in North Korea on Disabled Children (2006)

A North Korean refugee has said [Times] that “racially mixed” babies born in the isolated communist state are regularly killed by doctors.

A North Korean doctor, Ri K., told the UK paper that babies conceived by Chinese fathers are targeted in the North Korean government’s racial purity program.

“There are no people with physical defects in North Korea,” Ri said. Such babies were put to death by medical staff and buried quickly, he said at a forum on human rights in Seoul.

The revelation follows previous reports that the children of female prisoners in forced labour camps are killed either after or before birth by forced abortion.

A survey conducted by the Korean Bar Association showed that of 100 North Koreans who had defected to the South, over half indicated they had witnessed or heard of imprisoned pregnant women who were forced to have abortions.

In 2005 the Office of the United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights included forced abortion and infanticide in its 2005 report on human rights violations in North Korea. A report says that from cradle to grave, “North Korean citizens are surrounded by the all-encompassing presence of the ‘Great Leader’ (the late Kim Il Sung) and his son, the ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong Il.”

The Times quotes one woman, 30-year-old “Han,” who said she was sold into sexual slavery to a Chinese farmer near the Great Wall and caught by Chinese police and deported back to Korea. She has since escaped with assistance from Helping Hands Korea and has testified that her unborn child was killed by Korean prison guards. Related: Report Shows Forced Abortions Routine in North Korea Women’s Prisons http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/oct/06100201.html [White LONDON, 16Oct06 LifeSiteNews.com]