RussiaToday (RT) takes an exclusive look at North Korea, the world’s most closed-off country. Life here is isolated from the outside world and every aspect of existence is regulated by order of the “Great Leader”, from the art you’re allowed to see, the books you can read, even to your hairstyle.
The view is blurred by the heavy propaganda machine of North Korea. You will never know how the people really think.
An insight into the life of 19-year old Hana, one of a growing number of defectors from North Korea struggling to adjust to life in the South.
“Witness” documentary (2009)
A documentary on North Korean’s struggles in leaving their country.
BBC documentary (2008)
(links repaired June 2015)
Google will be hosting Dong Hyuk Shin, a 26-year-old North Korean defector born and raised in a concentration camp. Shin was born on Nov. 19, 1982 and called the camp home until 2005. While at the camp, he endured daily beatings, torture, starvation-level rations, saw forced abortions and even witnessed the public execution of his mother and brother in 1996. Shin described his life of total isolation from the world: “In South Korea, although there is disappointment and sadness, there is also so much joy, happiness and comfort. In Kaechon, I did not even know such emotions existed. The only emotion I ever knew was fear: fear of beatings, fear of starvation, fear of torture and fear of death.” LiNK’s Executive Director Adrian Hong will brief the audience on the broader issue of human rights in North Korea, as well as the current refugee situation and what can be done to help. Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK, is an international non-governmental organization devoted to human rights in North Korea and the protection of North Korean refugees.
This talk will be taped.
Speaker: Adrian Hong
Adrian Hong: Adrian Hong currently serves as Executive Director of Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK, an international NGO devoted to human rights in North Korea, and the protection of North Korean refugees all over the world. In December of 2006, Mr. Hong was arrested along with 2 LiNK field workers and 6 North Korean refugees in the People’s Republic of China and imprisoned before being released and deported
Speaker: Dong-hyuk SHIN
Dong-hyuk SHIN: Mr. Shin was born and raised in Political Prison Camp No. 14 until his escape in 2005. Based in South Korea, he has testified before Britain’s House of Lords, and published a book in 2007 entitled “I Was a Political Prisoner at Birth in North Korea” published by the DataBase Center for North Korean Human Rights. Mr. Shin aspires to attend college and hopes to become a policeman.
North Korea today is home to a network of several dozen concentration camps rivaling those … Alle » of Auschwitz and Dachau of days past, hosting over 250,000 political prisoners and their families. North Korea is a prison state- there are no freedoms of religion, speech, movement, assembly- even the right to leave the nation is barred from the people. Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have fled to neighboring China, only to be hunted down by Chinese authorities and sent back to North Korea to face torture and death; or to be sold by brokers and smugglers as labor or sexual slaves. An additional 15,000 North Koreans toil in slave labor camps outside North Korea- in nations like Russia, Mongolia, Poland and several Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian nations. In a country of 23 million people oppressed and suffering, malnutrition and starvation are at epidemic rates, and people have been largely forgotten amidst talk of nuclear weapons and political posturing. Adrian Hong, Executive Director of Liberty in North Korea (or LiNK), will give a broad overview of the tremendous human rights crisis in North Korea today, and share about worldwide efforts to help these forgotten people. This is not a crisis instigated by natural disaster, civil war, or warring factions in a failed state. This is institutionalized human rights abuse on a massive scale, at it’s worst. Why has the world failed them? Does knowledge bring about responsibility? Come and learn about the problem and what you can do to save these lives.
Adrian Hong was recently arrested by Chinese authorities and jailed in 2006 for his work in helping North Korean refugees escape to freedom.