Why Get Involved?

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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Recent News

NKFC Executive Committee Letter to President Trump November 8, 2017

Today, the NKFC Executive Committee delivered a letter to the White House congratulating President Trump on a decisive, human rights focused speech  to the South Korean National Assembly. The President addressed the grave human rights situation in North Korea and gave hope to the millions of oppressed in the North.

We also asked President Trump to tell Xi Jinping to stop violating international law by forcibly repatriating North Korean refugees.

Letter to President Trump (PDF)
President Trump's Remarks (PDF)

Petition Calling on the U.S. Senate to Take Action on North Korea and Promote Freedom and Human Rights

Recent provocations by the North Korean regime demand a response. There are several bills that have overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives this year with strong bipartisan support, yet no corresponding action has been taken in the the U.S. Senate. Your Senator needs to hear from YOU. Please join the North Korea Freedom Coalition's petition to the Senate by adding your name in support of the bipartisan legislation listed below. Your name, city, and zip code will be included with the letter that the North Korea Freedom Coalition will hand deliver to your Senator's office on Capitol Hill.
By joining this petition your Senator will know you want action to promote freedom and human rights for the suffering people of North Korea.

Save North Korean Refugees Day

Save North Korean Refugees Day September 22, 2017

Please join us as we observe Save North Korean Refugees Day on Friday, September 22, 2017. There will be demonstrations, protests, letter deliveries, and more in cities around the world.

Please click here for a message from NKFC Chairman Suzanne Scholte with more information about how you can get involved.


SNKR Day 2016:

2016 Report

City and Country Reports

News Coverage

Full Report (PDF)

Statements on Otto Warmbier

Please see the following article by Chairman Suzanne Scholte on the passing of Otto Warmbier who was imprisoned in North Korea for 15 months.

In addition, we'd like to share the following statement from our affiliate in Chile, 
Eduardo Murillo Ugarte, President of AIPCorea, who was imprisoned in North Korea in the 1960s shedding light on the sheer brutality of the North Korean regime.

North Korea Freedom Week 2017

Acknowledgements and Report

North Korea Freedom Week was a resounding success again this year! Hundreds of people attended events every day. Please view our final report here:

North Korea Freedom Week 2017
April 23rd to April 28th
Washington DC

North Korea Freedom Week returns to Washington DC this year and we have many events planned. We've setup a special page to feature all of this information. Please visit NKFW.org to find our more!

NKFC Women at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The NKFC co-sponsored an event on March 17, 2017 at the UN Commission on the Status of Women titled North Korean Women: Destitution and Human Trafficking in China. Read an update of the event here.

Read the statement submitted by our Working Group on North Korean Women to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Sign the Petition to Xi Jinping

Please help North Korea Freedom Coalition member Na-Yeon Park of Rutgers collect signatures to be delivered to President Xi Jinping through various Chinese Embassies. This is an important cause as China is the "gate-keeper" to so many issues surrounding North Korean refugees and other issues involving North Korea.

Click here to sign the petition.

Expert Meeting: U.S. and ROK Policy toward North Korean Human Rights

Friday, December 16, 2016

 9:00a.m. – 1:30p.m.

The National Press Club

 First Amendment Lounge

 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor

 Washington, DC 20045

Click here for more information and to register.

Hearing on Crimes Against Humanity in North Korean Political Prisons

A conference on the groundbreaking hearing that will feature live testimony from three North Korean defectors: a former prisoner, a former prison guard and a former official from the Ministry of People’s Security, which oversees North Korea’s network of gulags. Three renowned jurists will preside over the hearing:  Navanethem Pillay (Chair), Mark Harmon, and Thomas Buergenthal. The hearing also will feature expert testimony from renowned experts on North Korea’s gulags and its penal system generally — David Hawk and Ken Gause. With pro bono assistance from the law firm of Hogan Lovells, the case will be presented by members of the IBA’s War Crimes Committee, Greg Kehoe, Federica D’Alessandra and Steven Kay, Q.C.

Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Thursday, December 8, 2016 
Registration begins at 9:00 AM
Conference 9:00 AM- 5:30 PM
Reception immediately following



2016 Report

City and Country Reports

News Coverage

Full Report (PDF)


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.


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.




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. 

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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.

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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