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
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
North Korea Freedom Week
(April 26 - May 2, 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.
Please also call Senator Corker's office at:
For more information about H.R. 757, click here.
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
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For more info about Free North Korea Radio, click here.
Human Rights Day 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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