Human Rights First took part in oral arguments before the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in a civil case against the government of North Korea. The case stems from the alleged kidnapping and disappearance of Rev. Kim Dong Shik from China by North Korean authorities. Mr. Kim’s children argue that after being abducted, Kim was tortured and executed by the North Korean government in one of its prison camps. The lower court dismissed the action for lack of evidence. Human Rights first filed an amicus brief on appeal arguing that other tribunals and international courts of have used circumstantial and corroborating evidence where direct physical evidence was erased or kept hidden by the perpetrating party as was done by the North Korean regime in regards to Mr. Kim.
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