Women’s Human Rights

UPDATE – March 2018

Mother and Son at risk of imprisonment in North Korea

At our recent meeting, we signed letters to both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of State Security in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea about Koo Jeong-hwa, (aged twenty-four years) who has been detained, along with her four year old son, in North Korea since 3rd December 2017. She is at risk of being sent to a political prison camp for life where she may be subject to torture and ill-treatment.

Koo Jeong-hwa was previously detained with eight other North Koreans in China; each person was sent back to their respective home town for investigation and detention. It is claimed that Koo Jeong-hwa committed treason by leaving her country – the punishment for those people over eighteen years old found guilty of treason is death.

People are crossing from North Korea to escape persecution for political or religious reasons – or due to the desperate need for food and work. The Chinese government considers North Koreans crossing the border without prior permission as irregular, economic migrants (not asylum seekers) and they are forcibly returned.

Up to 120,000 people have been detained in four known political prison camps where there is forced labour, torture and ill-treatment. The North Korean government deny their existence.

Find out more about this case here and other Women’s Human Rights issues here.

UPDATE – November 2017

  • The Women’s Action Network are putting together a plan for Sixteen Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign running from 25th November to 10th December 2017. More information to follow.
  • In El Salvador, there is a total ban on abortion. Women and girls are dying and suffering long prison sentences because of this. Evelyn, a teenage rape victim has just started a thirty year long prison sentence in jail after a miscarriage. For the first time in years, Salvadorian lawyers will soon debate changes to this law. You can call on them to support reformed laws by signing the online petition which is to be found on the Amnesty website here.
  • Due to recent events, the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is now getting the long-awaited media coverage it deserves. Please add your voice to those calling for her immediate release from an Iranian prison so that she can receive the urgent medical care she needs and can be reunited with her three year old daughter and husband. Please sign the online petition on the Amnesty website and then spread the word. Thank you.



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