Title Democratic People's Republic of Korea: 1. Some purported North Koreans state that they have never held a travel document in their hands, and does not know the identity recorded in their passport. If true, this implies that such passengers and their escorts are confident that Immigration officials accept documents that are handled exclusively by their escorts, and that the officials do not engage directly with the passenger. Can the Department indicate whether or not this is usual practice? (The incoming passengers may well be part of tour groups from China.) 2. What do North Korean ID cards look like and in what circumstances must a person carry one? 3. (a) Is there any information on DPRK (truck) driver licences? (b) Is there any information on the age or other requirements to undertake such work? 4. Do young men undertake military training or camps whilst at school? Were there any periods where famine required them in practice to work instead on farms? 5. What foreign languages are taught in DPRK schools? (Chinese?) 6. (a) Where is Sunghu-Dong? (b) Please. provide, if available, a map and details of landmarks, etc. for Hyesan City. (c) Is there cross-border traffic between Hyesan and the neighbouring PRC localities? 7. Is there any information on DPRK medical exemptions to military service? 8. Do reports indicate or suggest the extent to which North Koreans in China adopt false names or take other measures to avoid PRC authorities?
Publisher Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal
Publication Date 20 July 2010
Country Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Topics Armed forces / Military | Freedom of movement | Military service / Conscientious objection / Desertion / Draft evasion / Forced conscription | Passports | Travel documents
Citation / Document Symbol PRK37019
Cite as Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal, Democratic People's Republic of Korea: 1. Some purported North Koreans state that they have never held a travel document in their hands, and does not know the identity recorded in their passport. If true, this implies that such passengers and their escorts are confident that Immigration officials accept documents that are handled exclusively by their escorts, and that the officials do not engage directly with the passenger. Can the Department indicate whether or not this is usual practice? (The incoming passengers may well be part of tour groups from China.) 2. What do North Korean ID cards look like and in what circumstances must a person carry one? 3. (a) Is there any information on DPRK (truck) driver licences? (b) Is there any information on the age or other requirements to undertake such work? 4. Do young men undertake military training or camps whilst at school? Were there any periods where famine required them in practice to work instead on farms? 5. What foreign languages are taught in DPRK schools? (Chinese?) 6. (a) Where is Sunghu-Dong? (b) Please. provide, if available, a map and details of landmarks, etc. for Hyesan City. (c) Is there cross-border traffic between Hyesan and the neighbouring PRC localities? 7. Is there any information on DPRK medical exemptions to military service? 8. Do reports indicate or suggest the extent to which North Koreans in China adopt false names or take other measures to avoid PRC authorities?, 20 July 2010, PRK37019, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e5221ea2.html [accessed 22 July 2014]
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