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On September 9th we first brought you the news of a young Chinese Falun Gong practitioner living in South Korea who is seeking refugee status. He is one of about a hundred Chinese Falun Gong practitioners who face deportation if they are arrested. So far, the South Korean government has refused to give refugee status to Chinese Falun Gong practitioners.
We have been reporting on a Falun Gong practitioner living in South Korea, Jin Jingzhe—he was arrested and is currently detained. He's one of about a hundred Chinese Falun Gong practitioners who are at risk of being deported because so far, the South Korean government has not accepted their pleas for refugee status.
Since 1999 the Chinese Communist Party has been persecuting people who practice Falun Gong—a spiritual practice based on the principles of truth, compassion and tolerance. Human rights workers like Choi Wongeun worry that they will face torture and imprisonment if they are returned to China.
[Choi Wongeun, Director of Business Affairs, NANCEN]:
"The Korean government has to consider Falun Gong practitioners on a humanitarian basis. Also the Chinese regime shouldn't retaliate diplomatically or politically against the country because they take refugee status in a foreign country."
The Korean Ministry of Justice has overseen the deportation of Falun Gong practitioners. But appeals against the deportations are now taking place in the Administrative Courts.
NTD News, South Korea.