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Passed House amended (06/11/2002)

Encourages the Government of China to honor its obligations under the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951, as modified by the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees of 1967, by: (1) halting the forced repatriation of North Koreans; (2) making genuine efforts to identify and protect the refugees among the North Korean migrants encountered by Chinese authorities; (3) providing North Korean refugees residing in China with safe asylum; (4) allowing the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to have access to all North Korean refugees in China; and (5) cooperating with the UNHCR in efforts to resettle the North Korean refugees to other countries.

Urges the Secretary of State to: (1) work with the Government of China to fulfill its obligations; (2) work with concerned governments in the region to protect North Korean refugees residing in China; and (3) begin efforts to draft, introduce, and pass a resolution concerning human rights in North Korea at the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in March 2003.

Calls for UNHCR to facilitate the resettlement of the North Korean refugees residing in China in other countries.

Urges: (1) the Government of China to release Mr. Chun Ki Won; and (2) the Governments of the United States, South Korea, and China to seek a full accounting from the Government of North Korea regarding the whereabouts and condition of the Reverend Kim Dong Shik.