Appeal Example: China must not send North Korean refugees to their deaths!

Mr. President
Xi Jinping
Guojia Zhuxi
People’s Republic of China

Deportation of refugees to North Korea

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to draw your attention to the deportation of refugees to North Korea by Chinese authorities. According to the United Nations, refugees deported to North Korea face torture and execution.

By repatriating North Korean refugees back to their country of origin, China breaks binding international treaty laws. China ratified both agreements the Geneva Convention of 1951 and 1967. Article 33 (1) of the Convention of 1951 - the so-called non-refoulement principle - states: "No Contracting State shall expel or return a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories, would be where his life or freedom would be threatened (...)".

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has also noted: "The prohibition of torture is also part of customary international law, which has attained the rank of a peremptory norm of international law, or jus cogens. It includes, as a fundamental and inherent component, the prohibition of refoulement to a risk of torture, and thus imposes an absolute ban on any form of forcible return to a danger of torture which is binding on all States, including those which have not become party to the relevant instruments”. [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): Advisory Opinion on the Extraterritorial Application of Non-Refoulement Obligations…]

I appeal to you that China comply with its obligations under international law, to protect refugees from North Korea and not to deport anyone to North Korea. South Korea accepts all North Korean refugees. I appeal to you to allow all refugees to exit China through South Korea.