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An estimated 3 million North Koreans have perished under North Korea's brutal dictatorial regime since the mid-1990s. Families continue to starve to death as the North Korean government withholds food rations to entire regions of the nation. The government arbitrarily detains, tortures, and executes its citizens, including children, in a large network of prison/labor camps. Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have fled to China to survive, however they live in fear of forced repatriation, imprisonment, and possible execution after repatriation. Children whose parents have died or been separated from them wander the streets in search of food and protection. We must act now to bring relief!...

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SAVE NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES DAY 2016

Where in the world will you be on Friday, September 23rd? Will you join people around the world standing up for the people of North Korea, the most suffering people on Earth? Please join the annual Save North Korean Refugees Day scheduled for Friday, September 23, 2016.

MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN SUZANNE SCHOLTE

SAMPLE APPEAL TO DELIVER TO PRC EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES

DC SNKR DAY EVENTS

Let David Come Home

Sign the Petition for David Sneddon

Please sign the petition asking the US Senate to pass H.Con.Res.114/S.Con.Res.30 to help bring U.S. Citizen David Sneddon home. Sneddon went missing while hiking in China in 2004. It is believed that he may have been kidnapped by the North Korean regime as he was last seen leaving a Korean restaurant and was fluent in Korean. China allows North Korean agents to operate freely within its territory and North Korea has a long history of kidnapping individuals thought to be useful to the regime, especially for training their spies in foreign languages and culture.

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US Puts Sanctions on North Korean Leaders

For the first time in history the United States has blacklisted Kim Jong-un and other North Korean leaders for their human rights abuses. Ambassador Power remarked on the sanctions, "These efforts send a clear message--not just to the senior leaders, but also prison camp managers and guards, censors, secret police, interrogators, and persecutors of defectors--the world is documenting your abuses, and they will not be forgotten."

Read the US Department of State report here.

CNN reports on the sanctions.

USA Today reports on the sanctions.


North Korea Freedom Week 2016

April 24-30, NKFW 2016 took place in Seoul, South Korea, and it was a huge success! Please see a report from the week here.



U.S. Mission to the UN Hosts Event on North Korean Women

On March 18th, the U.S. Mission to the UN hosted an event featuring four women defectors of North Korea who shared their testimonies of the atrocities they faced in North Korea. This event was hosted by US Ambassador Power, South Korean Ambassador Oh, Japanese Ambassador Yoshikawa, and UK Ambassador Wilson. To read an NKFC report of the event that was published in the Washington Times, please click here.


President Obama signs H.R. 757 into Law

On February 18th, President Obama signed H.R. 757 - North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 into law. We are excited that it received so much support, passing in the House with a 418 - 2 vote and unanimously in the Senate. Thank you to everyone who expressed support and advocated on behalf of the bill. Content of the new law may be viewed here.

 

U.S. Policy Toward North Korea:
The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach

The conference will be held on October 27, 2015 in Washington, D.C. at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS). The International Bar Association (North America), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Defense Forum Foundation, North Korea Freedom Coalition, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, Yonsei Center for Human Liberty and Freedom House are convening this conference to bring together decision-makers on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, as well as civil society, to discuss the importance of making human rights a central pillar of U.S. policy toward North Korea. A keynote speech will be delivered by Justice Michael Kirby, who was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to chair the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. For more info and to RSVP, click here.


CALL FOR ACTION ON SEPT 24, 2015







 

PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY!

We urge you to contact your U.S. Senator to express support for H.R. 757. The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015 is a bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the enforcement of tough, targeted financial sanctions against the North Korea regime and its egregious human rights abuses, censorship, arms trade, weapons of mass destruction development, illicit activities, and cyber attacks. 


Tennessee Residents:
Please also call Senator Corker's office at:
202-224-3344.


For more information about H.R. 757, click here.

North Korea Freedom Week (April 26 - May 2, 2015)
  Thank you to all who participated in North Korea Freedom Week 2015!





Support Free North Korea Radio


FNKR is the award winning radio station, staffed by North Korean defectors, that is broadcasting into North Korea news, educational programs about democracy and human rights, accurate historical facts, other vital information, and hope to the isolated people in North Korea. According to independent surveys of North Koreans who have escaped, FNKR is the most popular radio program that has ever broadcast into North Korea. The FNKR website is also the most popular website in South Korea for information about North Korea. FNKR's founder and director, Kim Seong Min, has received international recognition for his work. He is the recipient of the 2009 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award from the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the 2008 Media Award from Reporters Without Borders. FNKR needs your financial support to continue its crucial work. To support this broadcast, individuals and organizations can make a tax deductible donation to FNKR through the Defense Forum Foundation.

For more info about Free North Korea Radio, click here.



Human Rights Day 2014

Dec 10, 2014. Call for Action Regarding the Fate of Nine North Korean Orphans, "Laos Nine", and Upcoming UN General Assembly Vote. For the Press Release, Statements, Testimonial by MJ, Letters, Photographs and to watch Video of the Press Conference, click here.




The Commission has documented in detail the "unspeakable atrocities" committed and that continue in North Korea. The Report also includes in a letter from the Commission to Kim Jong-un, stating its intention to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court "to render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for the crimes against humanity" referred to in the letter and the Report. The COI's 372 page detailed report is published at the U.N. Human Rights website. The U.N.'s press release, North Korea: UN Commission documents wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity, urges referral to ICC, is also available here. 


Laotian Government called to protect 9 North Korean orphans forced back to North Korea, June 5, 2013.

Let us not forget these young individuals! To read NKFC's report, press release, letters sent to the Laos Embassy and President Obama, and to view photos and video of our efforts on June 5, 2013, click here. Watch CNN's heartbreaking report, "Defectors agonizingly close to freedom sent back to North Korean nightmare," published on October 3, 2013.





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