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Rights Groups Decry Plight of North Korean Laborers Overseas

Human rights advocates say North Koreans working abroad are laboring under slave-like conditions. In a 2012 study, the North Korean Strategy Center, a private, defector-run advocacy and research group in Seoul, estimated that as many as 65,000 North Koreans were working in more than 40 countries, mainly in Russia, China, Mongolia and the Middle East — and were doing so under terrible conditions. Three years later, T. Kumar, international advocacy director for Amnesty International USA,...

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