RoK to teach legal system to DPRK defectors

According to Yonhap:

The Unification Ministry signed an agreement Wednesday with a leading association of lawyers here to support North Korean defectors having difficulties while adapting to the capitalist South Korean society.

Minister Hyun In-taek signed the deal with President Kim Pyung-woo of the Korean Bar Association, calling on lawyers to teach the defectors about South Korea’s legal system at resettlement centers.

The agreement also provides consultation with lawyers for free or at reduced fees if the former residents of the communist North are involved in a legal dispute or need to file a lawsuit.

More than 19,000 North Koreans have defected to the South since the three-year Korean War ended in a truce in 1953. A bulk of them have come in recent years as the North’s food crisis deepens.

A 2007 survey showed that North Korean defectors were dozens of times more susceptible to fraud due mainly to their lack of understanding of the market system here.

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Gov’t joins hands with lawyers to support N. Korean defectors


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