Geographic Updates: East Asia

North Korea: North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under total lockdown after a person was found there with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, saying “the vicious virus” may have entered the country, state … Continue reading

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FEATURE: WINNERS OF UNHCR YOUTH WITH REFUGEES ART CONTEST ANNOUNCED

Launched in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNCHR’S first art contest encouraged young people aged 12-25 to reflect creatively on the theme: “everyone counts in the fight against the virus, including refugees.” One in four participants were themselves refugees or … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: We cried a lot’: Hong Kong family torn apart as protester seeks asylum in Australia

“Leaving a place that I love was very difficult. We’re all Hong Kong people who come out to protest because we love Hong Kong. But now we are forced to leave.” Jay* is a former Hong Kong resident who attended many … Continue reading

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CHINA: China’s Post-COVID strategy

In the aftermath of the covid19 pandemic, the increasingly belligerent behaviour exhibited by China in South Asia and South East Asia and China’s imposition of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, it is interesting, to see the tone of the English … Continue reading

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North Korea: The North Korean refugees supplying PPE to care homes

Jihyun Park and Timothy Chow understand the meaning of hardship. Both suffered under the brutal North Korean regime, enduring famine, the deaths of family members and imprisonment in forced labour camps – before fleeing and eventually receiving asylum in the … Continue reading

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Japan: Government of Japan provides USD 4.2 million through UN and ICRC projects for recovery and support of vulnerable population in eastern Ukraine

For already 7 years in a row the Government of Japan has been providing financial assistance to support people and affected communities in eastern Ukraine. In 2020 Japan will allocate USD 4.2 million to deliver assistance through five projects that … Continue reading

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I was imprisoned, tortured and sold as a slave before my escape from North Korea

People often talk about heaven and hell. I spent 30 years in hell, and another 10 years in search of freedom, before escaping North Korea. Now, living in the UK for the past decade, I have finally found my heaven. … Continue reading

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S. Korea: South Korea to provide US$13 mln in aid for Syrian refugees this year

South Korea will provide US$13 million in humanitarian aid this year to support Syrian refugees and migrants amid the coronavirus pandemic, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.Ham Sang-wook, deputy foreign minister for multilateral and global affairs, made the announcement during a … Continue reading

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Japan: Asylum seekers in Japan face battle for survival in time of coronavirus

TOKYO – As the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic ripple across Japan, foreign asylum seekers are among the hardest hit, seeing the support available to them curtailed just as times get tougher during a process that can take years … Continue reading

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Korea: ‘Seven years on, refugee protection in S. Korea in retreat’

Nkuka Lulendo and his family stepped on South Korean soil after a long, grueling 10 months of being trapped inside Incheon International Airport’s transit zone in October last year. But it was only the beginning of their journey to win … Continue reading

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