11. The source also reports that Ms. Shin and her two daughters have been held indetention since 1987 and that
National Security Agency is responsible for overseeing their detention.12. Ms. Shin and her daughters were initially detained in Yodok Camp, morespecifically in an area called Daesuk-ri. Thereafter, they were moved to a camp near Pyongyang. Since the early 1990s, there has been no news of the whereabouts of Ms. Shinand her daughters.13. The source reports that Ms. Shin and her daughters are ordinary civilians who have been detained solely
because of Mr. Oh’s defection. Reportedly, despite numerous attempts
by Mr. Oh to obtain news of Ms. Shin and their daughters, the authorities of DPRK haveignored these requests. The source further asserts that there are no adequate or reasonablelegal provisions that justify the detention of Ms. Shin and her two daughters, and that theyare not remaining in DPRK of their own free will.14. In 1995, the Working Group was seized of the case relating to Ms. Shin and her twodaughters, but filed the case under paragraph 14 (b) of its former Methods of work (E/CN.4/1992/20, p. 6). Upon receipt of further information, the Working Group addresseda communication to the Government of DPRK on 1 March 2012. The Working Grouprequested the Government to provide detailed information about the current situation of Ms.Shin and her daughters, and to provide clarification about the legal provisions justifyingtheir continued detention.
Response from the Government
15. The Government responded on 27 April 2012, and provided the followinginformation:
Ms Sin Suk Ja (Ms. Shin Sook Ja), the ex-wife of Oh, died of hepatitis that shesuffered since the 1980s. Second, two daughters of Ms. Shin do not regard Oh astheir father since he abandoned his family and drove their mother to her death. Theystrongly refuse to deal with Mr. Oh and ask him not to bother them anymore
.16. In the response it is added that
the case mentioned in your letter has nothing to dowith arbitrary detention.
Comments from the source
17. In its comments of 2 May 2012 the source requests further verification of Shin Sook
death and the situation of Oh Hae Won and Oh Kyu Won. According to the source, if the Government is claiming that Shin Sook Ja is not being arbitrarily detained and has died,it must provide precise information on the time and place of her death. The source alsostates that Shin Sook Ja was never divorced from
her husband and therefore is not an “ex
wife” as mentioned in the Government’s response. The source further requests the Working
Group to consider the detention of Oh Hae Won and Oh Kyu Won as arbitrary and inviolation of international law.
18. As mentioned above, the Working Group had already considered a case relating toMs. Shin and her two daughters in 1995. This was filed under paragraph 14 (b) of the
Working Group’s former
Methods of work. Since the Working Group did not issue anopinion in 1995, the procedure for review of an opinion, as per paragraph 21 of theWorking G
revised Methods of work, do not apply. The detention in the period since1995 also constitutes a new and diffe
rent case under the Working Group’s
revised Methodsof work.