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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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  • H.R. 1771 - Contact Your Senators Now. We urge you to request support for House Resolution 1771 now. This bipartisan legislation would impose tough, targeted financial sanctions on North Korean leaders who are responsible for crimes against humanity and would significantly decrease North Korea's profoundly egregious human rights abuses. These powerful financial sanctions are similar to those that were effective against Kim Jong Il, before they were prematurely lifted. Similar sanctions have also imposed effective pressure on Iran, Burma, and Sudan. The legislation takes up the Call to Action of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, which published its detailed findings on Feb 7, 2014.

    H.R. 1771 has 145 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House and is expected to be voted on in the full House in July. You can find a list of co-sponsors here. Is your Representative listed? We also urgently need your help in encouraging members of the Senate to introduce and sponsor this bill. Feel free to use this sample letter to contact both your Senator and Representative. Click here for more information.  
  • 11th Annual North Korea Freedom Week. The report regarding the 11th Annual North Korea Freedom Week, which occurred on April 27 to May 4, 2014 in South Korea, will be available soon. Please check back with us!

  • 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.

  • A special thank you to Governor Kim Moon Soo of the Gyeonggi Province, South Korea for visiting the Coalition during our meeting on Mar 25, 2014. He gave us inspiring words on the importance of continuing work for human rights for North Korea, citing his own experience as a prisoner when he was a young student activist.

  • Sign the Online Petition calling on China to Stop the Forced Repatriation of North Koreans. The petition was delivered to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Dec 10, 2013, Human Rights Day with over 8,000 signatures. We continue to make the petition available for additional signatures with delivery to the Chinese Embassy to be announced. Read the Dec 10 press release highlighting six victims from THE LIST.

    View video footage containing personal testimonies from those who escaped North Korea.

    View CNN's heartbreaking story
    of the nine North Korean orphans forcibly repatriated in May 2013
    .

  • Laotian Government called to protect nine North Korean orphans forced back to North Korea. Let us know 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, click here.


  • 10th Annual North Korea Freedom Week 2013.
  • To view the report, photos, and articles about North Korea Freedom Week 2013, click here.

  • Dr. Suzanne Scholte was awarded the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal on Feb 15, 2013. The Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal carries with it an appreciation for Dr. Scholte’s career as a human rights crusader. It honors her service. It was presented to her as an expression of friendship, admiration, and gratitude from the Korean people. Click here to read the ceremony remarks of Ambassador Y.J. Cho and Dr. Suzanne Scholte and to view photos.

  • Send a Gospel Message Broadcast into North Korea: Find out how your church can sponsor a gospel message broadcast into North Korea through Free North Korea Radio, an award winning Seoul based radio station staffed by North Korean refugees broadcasting news and information into North Korea. The sponsorship program is led by the Defense Forum Foundation. Click here for more info in Korean and English.

  • Read New Year messages from members of Congress which were broadcast into North Korea through Free North Korea Radio in Feb 2013.

  • Special Screening of 48M was held on Feb 8, 2013 by Congressman Frank R. Wolf and Congressman Rob Wittman. Read the article published in the Christianity Daily (Korean and English).

  • North Korea in the Dark, an op-ed written by Benedict Rogers and published in the New York Times on Jan 28, 2013.

  • The North Korean Child Welfare Act of 2012 (H.R. 1464) was enacted on January 14, 2013. Click here to read the text.

  • Report on the International Protest to Save North Korean Refugees held on September 22, 2012. Click here to download the report.

  • July 2012 Events, Other Upcoming Events, and many Action Items. Vigils at the White House & Chinese Embassy on Tues, July 10 and Capitol Hill Rally on Wed, July 11 at 12 noon. Read more here.

  • To read about our 9th Annual North Korea Freedom Week held in South Korea, April 2012, click here.

  • News Report on March 20, 2012 Events to Save North Korean Refugees, including weblinks to media news coverage of events. Click here to read the report. View letters delivered to Pres. Obama, Pres. Lee, Pres. Hu Jintao, and Ban Ki Moon.

  • International Protest to Save North Korean Refugees held on Sept 22, 2011. Activities occurred in 13 countries and 24 cities! To download the flyer, click here.  For more info, to download documents, and to read Congressional Testimonies from September 20, click here.

  • To view archived news articles, click here.