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The North Korea detainee's final moments of freedom

19 June 2017, 12:29 | Guillermo Sutton

Joseph Yun U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy

Joseph Yun U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy

A United Nations Special Rapporteur has called for respect for the human rights of detainees in North Korea, after the release of USA student Otto Warmbier earlier this week.

Doctors described Warmbier's current status as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

A few hours after his arrival in North Korea, the regime freed American student Otto Warmbier, who had been detained for 17 months in the Asian country and is now in a coma. U.S. doctors said they found no evidence of active botulism, a rare, serious illness caused by contaminated food or a dirty wound. An analysis suggests the injury likely occurred in the preceding weeks.

This type of brain injury is usually seen as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest, meaning heart or lung malfunctions may have prevented oxygen from reaching the brain through a person's blood supply, causing brain tissue to die, he explained.

The United States should also move quickly to step up sanctions on the regime of Kim Jong Un, which has been racing to develop missiles that can reach the United States with a nuclear warhead.

They were told - but did not believe - that shortly after the trial Otto Warmbier contracted botulism and was given a sleeping pill, and that he had never recovered.

Doctors say North Korea officials told them Warmbier's coma resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill. He declared that he was "tremendously proud" of his son and heaped scorn on North Korea. "No evidence of botulism", Dr. Brandon Foreman said. She says there are plenty of restrictions on what Americans can do in countries that face US sanctions - like North Korea or Iran.

"There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son".

"They advertise it as the safest trip ever", he said Thursday. "No other family should have to endure what the Warmbiers have".

Warmbier was planning to be in the country for a five-day stay before flying to Beijing to participate in a 10-day tour of two Asian financial capitals, Hong Kong and Singapore, sponsored by his school: University of Virginia.

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Warmbier, from a Cincinatti suburb, was arrested for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan, North Korean media reported.

"We do not see any skin indications that are strongly suggestive of mistreatment", he said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also expressed relief that Warmbier has been returned to the United States.

Fred also said they had asked the previous administration to handle Otto's case but failed to get any progress. He said the president called to find out "how Cindy and I were doing, and wanted to know about Otto".

According to Kelly Martin, spokeswoman for the UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center, "Otto is in stable condition but has suffered a severe neurological injury".

A former teacher of an American college student released by North Korea in a coma says he's a fighter and believes he'll do everything he can to recover. He said Warmbier was breathing on his own. I think God hears our prayers'.

The father saluted his son as a brilliant, adventurous and courageous man who did what he could to endure brutality and terror.

His parents plan a Thursday morning news conference.

He left the vehicle and spoke to the crowd. "They don't speak. There's nothing that is, sort of, voluntary in terms of movements, even though their eyes are open". "I'm dealing with my son".

Fred Warmbier said the same Thursday.



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