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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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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.

On Thursday, September 24, the North Korea Freedom Coalition joined by the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea sponsored the annual "Save North Korean Refugees Day" to call upon China to stop the repatriation of North Korean refugees. Petition deliveries to Chinese embassies and other events were held in solidarity in over 20 cities throughout the world! A report describing the activities of Sept 24 will be available soon.
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Petition Letter prepared by NKFC
Justice Michael Kirby's Letter
Press Release
Save North Korean Refugees Day Flier
Call for Action on September 24

of North Korean Refugees and Humanitarian Workers Seized by Chinese Authorities (Sept 2015 Update)


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 cyberattacks.


Tennessee Residents:
Please also call Senator Corker's office at:

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 at www.defenseforumfoundation.org.
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.

Read the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (summary), published on Feb 7, 2014. 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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