In 2014 the UN Human Rights Council investigated human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The report found that crimes against humanity, including extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, persecution, deliberate starvation, and enforced disappearances, have been committed “pursuant to policies at the highest level of the state.” The gravity, scale, and nature of these violations – which have been perpetrated for decades – “reveal a state that does not have a parallel in the contemporary world.”
The humanitarian crisis has driven over 30,000 North Koreans to new homes, with over 700 arriving in the UK, and many continuing to arrive. Most have no family, no support system outside of North Korea, no homes, no jobs and no prospects when they arrive here, having fled an extremely dangerous country, where they had little knowledge or access to the outside world. Connect: North Korea is a new charity which has been created to raise funds to meet their needs with practical support, education and facilities to help these political refugees to integrate into British society and reach their potential. Connect: North Korea is the only UK-based charity which empowers North Koreans to integrate and to share their experiences and stories to connect you to the truth about North Korea and bring alive everyday life in this hidden and secretive nation.