North Korea Freedom Week 2011

To read acknowledgments and news articles and to view photos from North Korea Freedom Week 2011, click here.

To read the letter from the Ambassador Robert King, Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights Issues, regarding North Korea Freedom Week, click here.

Message from Dr. Suzanne Scholte from April 2011 (below)

Dear Friends:                                                     

Next week the 8th Annual North Korea Freedom Week will occur, and I am pleased to provide an update on events being scheduled to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people. 
 
In Washington, D.C. there will be a North Korea Freedom Fest in Washington, D.C.on April 25 and 26 - a special film festival highlighting three documentaries in which all the directors will be present.  This event is being organized by Patty Kim and Chris Sheridan.  For tickets, showtimes and trailers, see www.westendcinema.com

In Seoul and Busan, during the week there is a complete schedule of public events listed below including hosts, locations and contact information. 
 
If you cannot join us in Washington D.C., or Korea, you can still participate in North Korea Freedom Week with prayers and financial support:
 
Open Doors has launched a Shatter the Darkness prayer campaign in conjunction with North Korea Freedom Week.  Here is the link for information  http://www.opendoorsusa.org/pray/North-Korea-Freedom-Week
 
We are still raising funds towards the balloon launch into North Korea and other NKFW activities.  If you can help with a donation to support NKFW, you can donate at www.defenseforum.org or for general support of North Korea programs at www.nkfreedom.org 
 
Warm regards,
Suzanne Scholte

Schedule of Events

To download the schedule in PDF, click here (updated as of 04.22.2011)
For information in the Korean language, visit: http://cafe.naver.com/nkfw
To download the NKFW2011 poster, click here

 

When:  April 24 ~ May 1 (Sunday to Sunday)
Location:
  Seoul, South Korea
Hosted by:
  North Korea Freedom Coalition (Chairman Suzanne Scholte)
Organized by:
  International Foreign Policy and Security Forum (Dr. Hyunuk Kim), Esther Prayer Movement (Prof. Lee Yong Hee), and 25 other North Korean Defector Organizations.
Theme:
  “Let’s Make 2011 The Year Of Freedom For North Korea!”
Sub-theme:
  “Pass the North Korean Human Rights Act! /Abolish the Political Prison Camps!

NKFW2011 Chairmen:
Suzanne Scholte
(Founder of NKFW, Seoul Peace Prize Laureate)
Dr. Hyunuk Kim
(President of the International Forum for Foreign Policy & National Security; Former National Assemblyman of the Republic of Korea)
Hong Soon Kyung
(President of the Committee for Democratization of North Korea)
Prof. Lee Yong Hee
(Director of the Esther Prayer Movement for North Korea; Professor, Kyungwon University)
Prof. Jhe Seung Ho
(Former Republic of Korea Ambassador-at-Large for North Korean Human Rights)
Lee Heung Woo/Choo Sun Ae
(Korea Parent Federation Director, Secretary General)
The Rev. Heemoon Lee
(Vice-Chairman, North Korea Freedom Coalition; Senior Pastor, Hana Presbyterian Church in Maryland, USA)
Do Hee Yun
(Director, Citizen’s Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees)
Moon Guk Han
(President, North Korea Human Rights International Association; North Korea Genocide Exhibit)
The Rev. Peter Chung
(Director, Justice For North Korea)
Prof. Nishioka Tsutomu
(Chairman, National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea NARKN; Professor, Tokyo Christian University)

Joint Executive Planning Chairmen:
Kim Seong Min
(Free North Korea Radio, FNKR)
Kim Tae Jin
(Free the NK Gulag, FNKG)
Kim Young Il
(People for the Successful Reunification of Corea, PSCORE)
Kim Heung Kwang
(North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, NKIS)
Jang Se Yul
(North Korea People’s Liberation Front, NKPLF)
Kang Su Jin
(Coalition for North Korean Women’s Rights)
Kang Chul Ho
(Senior Pastor, Saetu Church)
Kim Young Nam
(North Korean Defectors Artists Association)
And 20 other North Korean Defector organizations

Sponsors:
The Ministry of Unification; the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; the City of Seoul; various newspapers and TV stations.

NKFW2011 programs happening THROUGHOUT the week:

- April 25 through 29 (Monday ~ Friday)
EVENT:
  Photo and Art Exhibition for abolishing the political prison camps.
Location:
April 25-27 (Mon. ~ Wed.) National Assembly, Members’ Hall, 10AM to 6PM; April 26 (Tuesday) Seoul Station Plaza, 12PM to 7PM; April 25-29 (Mon. ~ Fri.) Seoul City Hall Station, 10AM to 4PM.
HOST:
  Free the NK Gulag (www.nkgulag.org), ROK National Assembly Human Rights Forum (Assemblyman Hwang Woo Yea), North Korea Freedom Coalition

- April 25 through 28 (Monday ~ Thursday)
EVENT:
Photo and Document Exhibition PR event for reporting abductee cases.
Location:
Seoul Metro #2 Exhibition Hall, Line No. 3, Kyongbok Palace Station.
HOST:
  Korean War Abductees Family Union (http://625.in/en/index.php)

- April 25 through 29 (Monday ~ Friday)
EVENT:
 Card writing/signature drive for passing the North Korean Human Rights Act
Location:
Kiosks to be set up at key locations throughout Seoul during duration of NKFW2011
HOST:
  North Korea People’s Liberation Front (www.nkplf.com)

- April 27 through 29 (Wednesday ~ Friday)
EVENT:
 Reading of the names of POWs/Abductees.
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg
HOST:
  Crimes Against Humanity Investigation Committee (http://iccnk.kr/xe/main)

- April 23 through 29 (Saturday ~ Friday)
EVENT:
 North Korea Genocide Exhibit
Location:
April 23 to 25 – Gwanghwamun, ‘Gwanghwamun Citizen’s Open Square’; Seoul Metro Line #5, Gwanghwamun Station

- April 25 to 29 – ‘Seun Greeway Park’, Jong-no-3-gu (across the street from the Jongmyo Confucian Shrine)
HOST:
  Korea Human Rights International Association (www.nkgenocide.net), Crimes Against Humanity Investigation Committee

In Busan - April 25 through May 9th; Daily 10AM to 7PM.
EVENT:
 ‘Where Love Does Not Exist’ North Korean Political Prison Camps Exhibition’
Location:
BUSAN, Donga University Museum Annex (Multipurpose Hall), Special Q&A sessions on April 27 and 28 from 4 to 5PM
HOST:
  Donga University International Foreign Affairs and National Security Student Research Association, Handong University S.A.G.E.

For the latest, up-to-date NKFW2011 Schedule, please visit:  www.nkfreedom.org
행사
스케쥴http://cafe.naver.com/nkfw

  NKFW2011 Schedule of Events
updated as of 04.22.2011

Sunday, April 24th

9AM ~10AM
Wreath-laying Ceremony at the War Memorial
(U.S. & U.N. veterans’ memorial)
Location:
  The War Memorial of Korea (www.warmemo.or.kr)
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Line 1, Namyong Station; Lines 4 & 6, Samgakji Station (Exit #12) www.warmemo.or.kr/eng/guide/location.jsp
Contact:
  Henry Song (henry@defenseforum.org; 010-8672-0035)

11AM ~ 12PM
Service at Saetu Church
(Easter Service/Prayer Service for Successful NKFW2011)
Host:
Saetu Church; Pastor Kang Cheol Ho (kangch214@hanmail.net)
Location:
Saetu Church, Shinjung-Dong 337 Mokdong 2Cha Woosung APT B-sangga 4th Floor
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 5, Mok Dong Station Exit 5; Line 2, Yangcheon-Gu Office Station and then Bus #6617 Last Stop

Monday, April 25th
‘Love and Freedom to the Imprisoned!’ – North Korean Political Prison Camp Photo & Art Exhibition

10AM ~ 6PM
Location:
  National Assembly, Members’ Hall, Yoido
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line #9 Nat. Assembly Station Exits #1 or #6; www.assembly.go.kr/renew10/asm/ifn/visit_map.jsp

10AM ~ 4PM
Location:
  Seoul City Hall Station
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Lines 1, 2 City Hall Station
Hosts: 
Free the NK Gulag, ROK National Assembly Human Rights Forum
Contact: 
Mr. Kim Tae Jin (nkgulag@gmail.com)

10AM ~11AM
NKFW Opening Press Conference and Briefing on NKFW2011

Location:
  National Assembly, Heonjung Memorial Hall (Visitor’s Center); Yoido
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line #9 Nat. Assembly Station Exits #1 or #6; www.assembly.go.kr/renew10/asm/ifn/visit_map.jsp
Contact:
Ms. Lee Jee Hae (jeehae.e@gmail.com)

11AM ~ 12PM
Briefing & Testimony on the North Korean Political Prison Camps

Hosts: 
Free the NK Gulag
Location:
  National Assembly, Heonjung Memorial Hall (Visitor’s Center); Yeouido
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line #9 Nat. Assembly Station Exits #1 or #6; www.assembly.go.kr/renew10/asm/ifn/visit_map.jsp
Contact:
  Mr. Kim Tae Jin (nkgulag@gmail.com)

2PM ~3PM
Opening of the North Korea Genocide Exhibit

Host:
North Korea Human Rights International Association
Location:
‘Seun Greenway Park’, Jong-no-3-gu (across the street from the Jongmyo Confucian Shrine)
Transportation:
Seoul Metro to Jongno 3(sam)-ga, Jongno-gu
Contact:
Mr. Moon Guk Han (sgf2002@hanmail.net)

7PM ~ 9PM
North Korean Defector’s Testimony

HOST:
  PSALT NK Korea (Prayer, Service, Action, Love, Truth for North Korea) (www.psaltnk.org)
Location:
Kangnam Presbyterian Church (map, in Korean:  http://www.knpc.or.kr/2008web/index.asp)
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Line 1, Noryangjin Station –or- Line 9 Noryangjin Station, Exit #3
Contact:
  Grace Kim (010-9459-5222; grace@psaltnk.org)

ALL DAY
Opening of the Korean War POW/MIA Photo Exhibit

Host: Korean War Abductees Family Union (KWAFU)

Location:
  Seoul Metro #2 Exhibition Hall, Line No. 3, Kyongbok Palace Station (Basement Flr. 1)
Contact:
Lee Mi Il (milee625@hanmail.net)

Press conference and card/signature writing campaign for NKHR
Host: 
North Korea People’s Liberation Front
Location:
In front of Gwanghwamun Statue, Gwanghwamun Square
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Line #5, Gwanghwamun Station
Contact:
Jang Se Yool

Tuesday, April 26th

‘Love and Freedom to the Imprisoned!’ – North Korean Political Prison Camp Photo & Art Exhibition

10AM ~ 6PM
Location:
  National Assembly, Members’ Hall, Yoido
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line #9 Nat. Assembly Station Exits #1 or #6; www.assembly.go.kr/renew10/asm/ifn/visit_map.jsp

10AM ~ 4PM
Location:
  Seoul City Hall Station
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Lines 1, 2 City Hall Station

12PM ~ 7PM
Location:
  Seoul Station Plaza
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Lines 1 & 4, Seoul Station
Hosts: 
Free the NK Gulag, ROK National Assembly Human Rights Forum
Contact: 
Mr. Kim Tae Jin (nkgulag@gmail.com)

1PM~2:30PM    [CLOSED, PRIVATE EVENT]
NK Defector Testimony during school assembly

Host:
Centennial Christian School

2PM ~5PM
National Rally for North Korean Freedom

Hosts:
 International Forum for Foreign Policy & National Security, Crimes Against Humanity Investigation Committee
Location:
Seoul Station
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Lines 1 & 4, Seoul Station
Contacts:
Dr. Hyunuk Kim, Mr. Do Hee Yoon (dhy21c@hanmail.net)

6PM ~8PM
Pro-NK list release & Candlelight Vigil for peace

Host:
North Korea People’s Liberation Front
Location:
Seoul Station
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Lines 1 & 4, Seoul Station
Contact:
Jang Se Yool

ALL DAY

* NKPLF card/signature writing campaign for NK human rights (NKPLF)
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg

* North Korean Abductees Photo Exhibit (KWAFU)
Location:
  Seoul Metro #2 Exhibition Hall, Line No. 3, Kyongbok Palace Station (Basement Flr. 1)

* North Korea Genocide Exhibit
Location:
‘Seun Greenway Park’, Jong-no-3-gu (across the street from the Jongmyo Confucian Shrine)

Wednesday, April 27th

‘Love and Freedom to the Imprisoned!’ – North Korean Political Prison Camp Photo & Art Exhibition

10AM ~ 6PM
Location:
  National Assembly, Members’ Hall, Yoido
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line #9 Nat. Assembly Station Exits #1 or #6; www.assembly.go.kr/renew10/asm/ifn/visit_map.jsp

10AM ~ 4PM
Location:
  Seoul City Hall Station
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Lines 1, 2 City Hall Station
Hosts: 
Free the NK Gulag, ROK National Assembly Human Rights Forum
Contact: 
Mr. Kim Tae Jin (nkgulag@gmail.com)

11:00AM
Reading of the names of POWs/Abductees

Host:
  Crimes Against Humanity Investigation Committee
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg.
Transportation: 
Seoul Metro Line 2, City Hall Station or Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station
Contact:
  Mr. Do Hee Yoon (dhy21c@hanmail.net)

2PM ~4PM
‘Establishing the Desired Direction for the Passage of the NKHR Act’

Hosts:
  Coalition for NK Women’s Rights; PSCORE (http://nkwomen.org; http://pscore.org/en/)
Location:
  National Assembly, Library Bldg. Auditorium
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Line #9 Nat. Assembly Station Exits #1 or #6; www.assembly.go.kr/renew10/asm/ifn/visit_map.jsp
Contacts:
  Kang Su Jin, Kim Young Il (youngilkim78@naver.com)

ALL DAY

* Reading of the names of POWs/Abductees
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg

* NKPLF card/signature writing campaign for NK human rights (NKPLF)
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg

* North Korean Abductees Photo Exhibit (KWAFU)
Location:
  Seoul Metro #2 Exhibition Hall, Line No. 3, Kyongbok Palace Station (Basement Flr. 1)

* North Korea Genocide Exhibit
Location:
‘Seun Greenway Park’, Jong-no-3-gu (across the street from the Jongmyo Confucian Shrine)

Thursday, April 28th

7AM ~ 9AM
Suzanne Scholte Speech at the Int’l Forum for Foreign Policy & National Security

Host:
International Forum for Foreign Policy & National Security
Location:
The Garak Hotel, 2nd Floor
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 8, Garak Market Station Exit 3
Contact:
Mr. Chae Hyun (posabcd@hanmail.net)

10AM ~ 4PM
‘Love and Freedom to the Imprisoned!’ – North Korean Political Prison Camp Photo & Art Exhibition

Hosts: 
Free the NK Gulag, ROK National Assembly Human Rights Forum
Location:
  Seoul City Hall Station
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Lines 1, 2 City Hall Station
Contact: 
Mr. Kim Tae Jin (nkgulag@gmail.com)

4PM ~ 6PM
‘Crossing’ Screening

Host:
Sejong University Student Association
Location:
  Sejong University, Student Activities Center, Basement Floor 1
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 7, Children’s Grand Park Station
Contact:
  Ms. Hyoju Kim (hyoju@defenseforum.org)

5PM~7PM
Meeting Time with North Korean defectors and South Korean university students

(Yodok, Bukchang political prison camp survivors’ testimonies)
Host:
Crimes Against Humanity Investigation Committee
Location:
Chung-Ang University
Transportation: 
http://neweng.cau.ac.kr/caulife/content.php?num=67
Contact:
Mr. Do Hee Yoon

7PM ~9PM
Catholic Mass at Balsandong Catholic Church

Host: 
Balsandong Cathedral, International Forum for Foreign Policy & National Security
Location:  Balsandong Catholic Church
Transportation: 
Seoul Metro Line 5, Ujangsan Station Exit 3
Contact:
Mr. Chae Hyun (posabcd@hanmail.net)

ALL DAY

* Reading of the names of POWs/Abductees
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg

* NKPLF card/signature writing campaign for NK human rights (NKPLF)
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg

* North Korean Abductees Photo Exhibit (KWAFU)
Location:
  Seoul Metro #2 Exhibition Hall, Line No. 3, Kyongbok Palace Station (Basement Flr. 1)

* North Korea Genocide Exhibit
Location:
‘Seun Greenway Park’, Jong-no-3-gu (across the street from the Jongmyo Confucian Shrine)

Friday, April 29th

10AM ~ 4PM
‘Love and Freedom to the Imprisoned!’ – North Korean Political Prison Camp Photo & Art Exhibition

Hosts: 
Free the NK Gulag, ROK National Assembly Human Rights Forum
Location:
  Seoul City Hall Station
Transportation:
  Seoul Metro Lines 1, 2 City Hall Station
Contact: 
Mr. Kim Tae Jin (nkgulag@gmail.com)

10AM ~ 12PM
‘Stop Forced Repatriation!’ - Protest at the Chinese Embassy

Host: 
NK Defector organizations and human rights activists
Location: 
Embassy of PRC (54, Hyoja-Dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 3, Gyeonbokgung Station
Contact:
Kim Seung Min (mini6915@hanmail.net)

9AM~12PM
‘Revealing the Truth about the human rights situation in North Korea’

Host:
NK Intellectuals Solidarity (www.nkis.kr)
Location:
National Press Center Bldg., Press Room
Transportation
: Seoul Metro Line 1 or 2, City Hall Station Exit 4; Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station
Contact:
Kim Heung Kwang (romeo4188@hanmail.net)

2:30PM ~ 4:30PM (Registration from 2PM)
World Perspectives on the Unification of Korea

Host:
Save North Korea; Sponsors:  Ministry of Unification, Future Korea Media
Location:
National Press Center Bldg., Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club - 18th Floor
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 1 or 2, City Hall Station Exit 4; Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station

7:30PM~10PM
‘Friday Fire’ Prayer Service at New Philadelphia Church English-Language congregation

Host:
  New Philadelphia Church (www.newphiladelphiachurch.com)
Location:
Itaewon Campus
Transportation:
Detailed information at http://newphiladelphiachurch.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=109&Itemid=73
Contact:
Gloria Lee (gloria.the.korean@gmail.com)

8PM ~ 5AM
1,000 Gathering Prayer Vigil for North Korean Freedom

Host:
  Esther Prayer Movement for North Korea (http://www.pray24365.org/)
Location:
  Seoul Chongkyo Methodist Church
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 3 Kyongbok Palace Station Exit #6 –OR- Line 5 Gwanghwamun Station Ext #1  http://chongkyo.net/main/?skin=map.htm
Contact:
 Ms. You Young Mi (ymyou5@hanmail.net)

ALL DAY

* Reading of the names of POWs/Abductees
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg

* NKPLF card/signature writing campaign for NK human rights (NKPLF)
Location:
Wonpyo Park, in front of the Chosun Ilbo Bldg

* North Korea Genocide Exhibit
Location:
‘Seun Greeway Park’, Jong-no-3-gu (across the street from the Jongmyo Confucian Shrine)

Saturday, April 30th

12PM ~ 1PM
Balloon Launch into North Korea for Unification

Host:
  Fighters for Free North Korea (www.ffnk.net)
Location:
  Imjingak, Paju City
Transportation:
  Gyeongui Rail Line, Imjingak Station
Contact:
  Mr. Park Sang Hak (berojapark@hanmail.net)

3PM~5PM
161st Street Campaign for North Korea

Host:
  Justice for North Korea (www.justice4nk.org/en/)
Location:
Insadong
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 1 Jonggak Station; Lines 1, 3, 5, Jongo 3-ga Station
Contact:
  Dan Bielefeld (rescuenorthkorea@gmail.com)

5PM ~ 8PM
Musical Concert & Culture and Prayer Night for NK
, featuring North Korean defector artists and South Korean musicians

*Appreciation Plaque presenting ceremony to police officers who provide security for NK defectors* during the event
Host:
  North Korean Defectors Artists Association
Location: 
Jung Dong First Methodist Church
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 1 City Hall Station Exit #1, Line 2 City Hall Station Exit #12
Contact:
  The Rev. Chang Ho Lim (changholim@ymail.com)

Sunday, May 1st

10AM ~12PM
Service for Unification with North Korean Defectors

Host:
Saetu Church; Pastor Kang Cheol Ho (kangch214@hanmail.net)
Location:
Saetu Church, Shinjung-Dong 337 Mokdong 2Cha Woosung APT B-sangga 4th Floor
Transportation:
Seoul Metro Line 5, Mok Dong Station Exit 5; Line 2, Yangcheon-Gu Office Station and then Bus #6617 Last Stop