2018-01-02 20:47
North Korean refugees to speak on plight
By John Redmond

North Korean refugees will give their accounts of the North’s human rights abuses on Jan. 6, at an event co-hosted by the Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) Global Education Center in Seoul, Stepping Stones and the KAL Abductees' Repatriation Committee (KALARC).

Featured speakers include Lee Tae-won, a North Korean refugee whose wife and son were repatriated to North Korea on Nov. 28 last year, Ji Hyeon-a, a North Korean refugee author who was repatriated to North Korea and a victim of a forced abortion there, and Hwang Cheol, the South Korean son of Hwang Won who was abducted by North Korea in 1969.

Others are Kim Hyeong-soo, co-founder of Stepping Stones based in the U.K. and a North Korean refugee whose mother died in a prison camp after she was repatriated, Tony Docan-Morgan, professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and Casey Lartigue Jr. and Eunkoo Lee, co-founders of TNKR.

“The three main speakers will present personal cases demonstrating the way North Korea has abused the individual rights of its citizens as well as those of anyone unfortunate to end up in its borders,” Lartigue said.

“Many people who read about and feel hopeless to do anything about the geopolitical battle over the North’s nukes can get directly involved in these cases and many others like them.”

All Korean speeches will be translated into English and there will be a brief translation of English comments into Korean.

The speeches will start at 2 p.m. at the Sinsu-dong Community Center, Seoul.

To get there, leave exit 4 of Gwangheungchang Station and walk straight for about two minutes, and it will be on your right. An intern will be at the exit at 1:40 p.m. to escort guests.

Admission is 10,000 won for TNKR volunteers and donors (who can bring 1 free guest), 15,000 won for non-members, or 20,000 won at the door.

Visit facebook.com/TNKR.org for more info or to RSVP.