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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

UN Scandals Galore

Claudia Rossett has been writing on the numerous UN scandals that have come to light in recent times. This article from the WSJ deals with North Korean refugees who are treated quite badly by the UN High Commission for Refugees -
The UNHCR keeps an office in Beijing, with a budget this year totaling $4.4 million, to which asylum seekers have no access. Four years ago, a family of North Korean refugees actually stormed the premises and gained asylum after threatening to eat rat poison from their pockets if forced back out onto the street. Since then, the UNHCR has allowed China's security agents to better defend the compound against further visits by the people the UNHCR is supposedly in China to protect.

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