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A new report by The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime lifts the lid on state-sanctioned North Korean criminal activity in Africa, exposing diplomats and embassies linked to illicit trade in rhino horn, ivory, cigarettes and minerals. Research conducted by the Global Initiative has linked North Korean diplomatic passport holders to at least 18 cases of rhino horn and ivory smuggling over the past 30 years. Drawing on interviews with high-level North Korean defectors, diplomatic and government sources and hundreds pages of documents, press reports and academic articles, the report “Diplomats and Deceit – North Korea’s Criminal Activities in Africa”, examines North Korea’s involvement in Africa and allegations that the country’s embassies in several African states are intimately connected to a complex web of illicit activity aimed at the bolstering the Kim Jong-un regime and enriching cash-strapped diplomats.

 


Diplomáticos y Engaños

Un nuevo informe de la Iniciativa Global contra la Delincuencia Organizada Transnacional saca a la luz la actividad delictiva norcoreana aprobada por el mismo Estado en suelo africano y expone los vínculos entre diplomáticos y embajadas con el comercio ilícito de cuerno de rinoceronte, marfil, cigarrillos y minerales. La investigación conducida por la Iniciativa Global ha vinculado a titulares de pasaportes diplomáticos de Corea del Norte con 18 de por lo menos 31 casos detectados de contrabando de cuerno de rinoceronte y marfil que involucran a diplomáticos en África desde 1986. El informe, titulado Diplomats and Deceit – North Korea’s Criminal Activity in Africa(Diplomáticos y Engaños – La actividad criminal de Corea del Norte en África) y basado en entrevistas con desertores norcoreanos de alta jerarquía, fuentes diplomáticas y gubernamentales, y cientos de páginas de documentos, informes periodísticos y artículos académicos, analiza la participación de Corea del Norte en África y las alegaciones de que las embajadas del país en varios Estados africanos están íntimamente conectadas con una red compleja de actividades ilícitas cuyo objetivo es fortalecer el régimen de Kim Jong-un y enriquecer a diplomáticos cortos de dinero.

Sobre el autor:

Julian Rademeyer es sudafricano, periodista de investigación y ganador de varios premios. Es Investigador senior para la Iniciativa Global contra la Delincuencia Organizada Transnacional y actualmente lidera un proyecto para TRAFFIC sobre la protección de la vida silvestre y los ecosistemas en África. Julian es el autor del best-seller “Killing for Profit – Exposing the Illegal horn trade”. Sus dos informes previos para la Iniciativa global, Tipping Point: Transnational organised crime and the ‘war’ on poaching” Beyond Borders: Crime, conservation and criminal networks in the illicit rhino horn trade representan juntos una de las investigaciones más profundas y actuales sobre las redes ilícitas que dan lugar a la profanación de las especies de rinocerontes en el sur africano.

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Julian Rademeyer

Julian Rademeyer is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor of the fact-checking and news website Africa Check. He has written and worked for many of South Africa’s leading newspapers including City Press, Beeld, the Sunday Times, Pretoria News and The Herald. He has been a stringer for Reuters and freelanced for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Associated Press.

Until he resigned to write Killing for Profit, he was chief reporter for Media24 Investigations. In a career spanning two decades, he has reported from some of the world’s most troubled countries including Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Niger, Togo, Belarus, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

In 2005 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for print news. He was a recipient of the 2009 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Award for hard news. He has twice been a finalist for the Taco Kuiper Award, South Africa’s leading investigative journalism prize. His work has also been published in Troublemakers: The Best of South Africa’s Investigative Journalism.

Killing for Profit was shortlisted for the 2013 Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize for non-fiction.

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