Seoul, Korea - Republic of
A CHINESE PROTESTS BEIJING'S DEPORTATION OF SEVEN KOREANS TO NORTH KOREA IN SEOUL.
A Chinese protester Xu Bo (R) stands behind a banner stating "We strongly protest the Chinese government's deportation of seven North Korean refugees", near the Chinese embassy in Seoul January 18. Xu Bo reads a statement criticising the Beijing government for sending back a family of seven North Korean defectors last week despite South Korean and international protests. Xu urged the Chinese government to abide by international treaties on human rights, which Beijing has signed, and to take measures to protect and maintain the human rights of its people. He said the recent repatriation of the North Korean family, caught crossing into Russia and deported to China last year, reflected the Chinese government's negligence of human rights.