Special Lecture on North Korea Human Rights
Host: Justice for North Korea
Date: Saturday, November 14 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Myeongdong Community Service Center (3rd Floor)
Directions: Go out of Exit 3 of Myeongdong Station, and walk straight for 30 meters toward the Namsan cable car. The Community Service Center will be on your left.
Lecturer: Kim Young Soon, age 79, held in a North Korean political prison camp for nine years
09:40-10:00 = Registration
10:00-10:10 = Opening Remarks and Speaker Introduction
10:10-11:30 = Lecture
11:30-12:00 = Q&A Session
Due to an association with Kim Jong Il’s wife, Song Hye Rim, Kim Young Soon and her family were arrested and sent to a political prison camp. During the nine cruel years that Kim Young Soon spent in the hellish Yodok concentration camp located in South Hamgyong province, both of her parents died. After finally being released in 2001, Miss Kim defected and was able to arrive in South Korea in 2003. As of today, she has testified 23 times at 13 national and international conferences, including several U.N. international conferences, about North Korean human rights issues. She has also been included in the United Nations Human Rights Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report, in which she reported on the status of North Korean political prison camps.
In accordance with the recommendation of the U.N. Human Rights Council, the United Nations Human Rights Office (UN OHCHR OFFICE) opened in Seoul in June of this year and the investigation of human rights violations in North Korea is continuing to progress. The process of establishing a director of North Korean human rights in the International Criminal Court was initiated through proper legal documentation. During that time, the founder of Justice for North Korea, Peter Jung, campaigned and worked to inform the Korean public of this issue. Now, through this lecture on North Korean human rights, Justice for North Korea seeks to further spread awareness of this issue. Moving forward, Justice for North Korea will continue to set up monthly human rights lectures, inviting the victims and survivors of North Korean political prison camps to share their stories, in order to inform the South Korean public of the ongoing human rights abuses occurring in North Korea. By recording the stories of these individuals, in addition to collecting detailed reports and testimonies, all victims of North Korean human rights abuses will be able to receive the care and relief that they need, following the reunification of the two Koreas. For participants wishing to attend this lecture, booking in advance via phone is the most efficient and helpful method. Thank you.
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