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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Escaping North Korea - The Plight of Defectors

Date: 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the status of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The North Korean regime under the leadership of Kim Jong Il is one of the worst violators of human rights in the world. Countless individuals attempt to flee the country each year seeking freedom and a better life. Unfortunately, the nightmare continues for many who cross the northern border into the People’s Republic of China. All too often these defectors become victims of human trafficking or face repatriation to North Korea if discovered by Chinese authorities. As North Korea appears to be preparing for a transition in leadership, the human rights situation remains precarious.

If you have any questions, please contact 202-225-3599.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Witnesses

  • Carl Gershman, president, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Su-Jin Kang, founder and director, Coalition for North Korean Women's Rights
  • Mi Sun Bahng, North Korean defector
  • Jin Hae Jo, North Korean defector
  • Steve Kim, founder and director, 318 Partners
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