Poland Suspends Issuing Visas for North Korean Workers

24D5874B-9F31-4A25-A471-D2A5538A6074_w640_r1_s{VOA NEWS} – Poland has stopped issuing visas for North Korean workers amid reports that Pyongyang is sending its citizens to foreign countries in harsh working conditions to earn hard currency.

The Polish Foreign Ministry told VOA that Poland has not issued visas for North Korean workers after the North conducted its fourth nuclear test in January. Poland issued 156 visas for North Korean workers last year, according to the ministry.

Last year, the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea, a British-based group that advocates for human rights in North Korea, released a report that named Poland as one of nearly 20 countries that hosts North Korean laborers. Poland is one of two European Union countries on the list.

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“As the member state of the EU, we are convinced that the primary duty of the international community is to promote this legitimate concern. DPRK’s citizens working in Poland, in shipyard or any other workplace, are subject to the Polish law and are not discriminated in any way,” said the ministry in an email sent Saturday to VOA. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.