Support H.R. 1771 Now

The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2013 (H.R. 1771) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 26, 2013 by Congressman Edward Royce of California.  A summary of H.R. 1771 is available here. To view the full text, click here.  After over a year of effort, this bill finally passed the House in July 2014 thanks to the work of many individuals and organizations, including Congressman Ed Royce Congressman Eliot Engel for sponsoring this legislation, Joshua Stanton and Hunter Strupp for articulating the importance of this legislation, Louise Van Horne, Teresa Ost, Peter Kang, Nancy Purcell, Linda Dye, Lisa Orme, Jason West, and many more.  The fact that this bill finally sailed through not long after our colleagues from the Korean American Church Coalition for North Korea Freedom led by Pastor Peter Sohn and Sam Kim and hundreds of second generation Koreans were on Capitol Hill is no coincidence.  The efforts of the Federation of Korean Associations and Angela Lee, Judy Yoo and Joana Chong were incredible this past year.

We are halfway there!  We urgently need your help encouraging members of the Senate to introduce and sponsor this bill.  Please feel free to use the text from this sample letter to contact your Senator. As you know, 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. A summary of the COI report is available here.

TIP: Communication spaces where you can submit text on most websites of elected officials provide the quickest and most effective way to send your message.  You can access individual Senator websites here, and individual Representative websites here, or simply perform an internet search of your elected official's website by his or her name. Telephone calls are also excellent, as is "snail" mail (however mailed letters typically have a 2 week delivery delay due to security reasons). If your elected official is already a co-sponsor of the bill, please take time to thank him/her for supporting the bill.

Thank you for doing your part to help make a free North Korea a reality in our lifetime.

Additional Background Information:
In response to the COI's report detailing the unspeakable crimes against humanity by the North Korea regime, Congressman Edward Royce organized a panel discussion with NGO leaders on March 5, 2014
on Capitol Hill. NGO Leaders from the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, the Federation of Korean Associations, Human Rights Watch, and the North Korea Freedom Coalition discussed the next steps to take.
Congressman Steve Chabot also chaired a hearing in March 2014: The Shocking Truth About North Korean Tyranny. You can view the hearing on youtube here: