So the panel has been interviewing those who say they have been there -- members of the roughly 25,000-person North Korean defector
community in South Korea.
The latest defectors
said they quit their Foreign Ministry jobs in protest over the handling of the 2009 elections and the treatment meted out to protesters.
A North Korean defector
tried to set himself on fire to halt the Olympic torch relay yesterday in Seoul, where thousands of police guarded the flame from protesters blasting China's treatment of North Korean refugees.
The agency compiled a list of dozens of people to target as potential defectors
based on a single criterion, according to a former official involved in the operation: "Who, if removed from the programme, would have the biggest impact on slowing or stopping their progress?
It is possible to be a defector
only from schools of medicine or philosophy or by deserting Graeco-Roman religion in favor of Judaism or Christianity.
With few exceptions, the traitors and foreign agents Bentley and other defectors
exposed were let off the hook.
This article deals with the problems of North Korean defectors
currently living in South Korea.
Twenty North Korean defectors
have recently arrived in Seoul after weeks under the protection of the South Korean Embassy in Laos, a Seoul daily reported Tuesday.
It added that the defectors
were being used by South Korea and the US.
North Korea has claimed since mid-July that it uncovered a group of its defectors
sent by South Korea in cahoots with the US to blow up statues and monuments dedicated to the late founding leader, Kim Il-sung.
Turkey has given sanctuary to dozens of army defectors
who have formed the Free Syrian Army in opposition to President Bahsar al-Assad s regime.
In terms of switching, political defectors
come second only to those who change football team allegiance in the suspicions they arouse.
from North Korea and their supporters called Monday for early enactment of a human rights law aimed at protecting and supporting escapees from the North, one of the supporters said.
Two hundred North Koreans have flown into the South Korean capital from an unidentified south-east Asian country - reportedly the largest group of defectors
to reach the capitalist South.
Gouzenko, and to all the many other defectors
who risked their lives to warn the West, would be to finally open the files and inaugurate the kind of thorough investigations Gouzenko advocated.