Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Funds for North Korean Refugees Tied Up

HONG KONG (AP) — Millions of dollars earmarked by the U.S. government to help North Koreans fleeing their impoverished homeland are still tied up by red tape three years after the money was authorized, a U.S. official said Monday.

The North Korean Human Rights Act passed in 2004 set aside $24 million to improve human rights in North Korea and help refugees. But none of that money has yet been approved for release by Congress, Christian Whiton, deputy to the U.S. special envoy on human rights in North Korea, said during an appearance at the University of Hong Kong.

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