Human Right Crisis
While headlines across the world focus on nuclear proliferation in North Korea, 120,000 North Koreans are currently detained in gulags, thousands are being exploited in forced labour conditions across the world for profit for the North Korean state, and millions across the country have their rights to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, association, movement, and opinion heavily violated. This crisis is harming the potential of 25 million North Koreans.
In response to the human rights crisis, 30,000 North Koreans have left the country to secure food, liberty, and happiness in different countries around the world. Nearly 1,000 North Koreans have arrived in the UK looking for new lives. We work to support them. Help us raise awareness of this crisis and support its victims.
“I knew I had to survive on my own. So I would eat anything, and I ate lizards, snakes, rats, whether it was reptiles, whatever.… in the springtime, I would eat grass, but if you eat the wrong grass, then you would get poisoned and you would get all the swelling and bloated. I would eat different types of grass and the roots.” p. 253
“You are brainwashed … don’t know the life outside. You are brainwashed from the time you know how to talk, about 4 years of age, from nursery school, brainwashing through education, this happens everywhere in life, society, even at home … North Korea is not open to the outside world, is a fenced world. So nothing should come through that fence. Even listening to the radio, this is restricted to certain channels. They want the people to be blind, deaf to the outside world, so that the people won’t know what is happening.” p. 54.
All quotes above come from the report produced by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Download it here: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIDPRK/Report/A.HRC.25.63.doc