Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Update from Emancipate North Koreans Empower House

just recieved this in my mail so just passing along

ENoK are a North Korean help group based in Chicago and there is one person who is looking into starting one in the Boston area maybe in the near future.
She organized the Voices of North Korean Refugees event earlier this year which i attended and thought she did a great job.
she is organizing another one early next year as well.
hopefully Grace or Jinhye can attend.

here is the site again
http://enok.org/





Tuesday, September 25, 2018

united states and allies gearing up to disrupt North Korea oil transfers

the article dosn't state how they are going to disrupt but it points out that it will piss Russia and China off a bit more with the United States and it's not easing tensions with North Korea either.

http://www.targetliberty.com/2018/09/us-to-start-disrupting-north-korean-oil.html





Monday, September 24, 2018

started a fundraiser today..

i order food from a company called Schwans and recently discovered that they have a fundraising feature.
so i started a fundraiser on behalf of NKinUSA. i called it Help North Koreans get safely out of China.

https://www.schwans.com/



how it works is similar to amazon smile. if you make a purchase, a percentage of the sale goes toward the campaign.
in the case of schwans it's 20% on food purchases and 40% on eGift Cards for the first 45 days and 5% on food orders for the next 90 days.

a friend recommended Schwans so i tried it. the food is really good, the prices are reasonable and their delivery service is on time.

when you check out, there will be a field for campaigns, click on it and there will be a dropdown.
just click on Help North Koreans get safely out of China.

spread the word!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

NKinUSA rescue updates..

NKinUSA just posted some good results from their rescue work.

several North Koreans have made it safely to Thailand thanks to the help and contacts from the NKinUSA group.

NKinUSA is worth supporting because you know they are doing what their mission is to do.




https://www.nkinusa.org/updates/2018/08/rescue-updates-summer-2018/

Monday, September 17, 2018

NKinUSA helps rescue North Korean refugees from China and Southeast Asia.

Most of North Korean refugees escape from North Korea via China and Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

NKinUSA (North Korean Refugees in the United States) helps rescue North Korean refugees hiding in China and Southeast Asia. We partner with local individuals to facilitate and secure safe passage for refugees to a desired third country, such as the U.S. or South Korea.

The refugee rescue program of NKinUSA provides

(1) basic needs such as food and clothing,
(2) transportation,
(3) accommodations, and
(4) expenses during escape such as fines and fees.

All these services are provided to North Korean refugees at no cost.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Save North Korean Refugees Day on September 24th

just passing along...

ACTION ITEM:
Save North Korean Refugees Day on Monday, September 24th

China’s policy of forcible repatriation is a death sentence for North Koreans

The North Korea Freedom Coalition is once again organizing the annual Save North Korean Refugees Day to focus attention on the ongoing critical crisis facing North Korean Refugees in China.  This year’s Save North Korea Refugees Day will be held on September 24, 2018 to mark the 36th anniversary of when China became a signatory to the refugee convention, the very agreement it is violating when it forces men, women and children back to North Korea against their will.

Background: The China/North Korea border is one of the most dangerous borders in the world.  Yet, little information is being reported about this tragic situation.  Since Kim Jong Un came to power he and Xi Jinping have worked aggressively to close the border to stop North Koreans from escaping to South Korea and other countries.  Over eighty percent of North Koreans, who flee persecution and deprivation in their homeland, carry poison in order to kill themselves if they are caught by Chinese authorities.  They would rather die than be forced back to North Korea where they will be subjected to certain torture, certain imprisonment and even execution for fleeing North Korea. Over eighty percent of North Korea females are subjected to human trafficking because of China’s policy.

What the Chinese authorities are doing is inhumane, barbaric and illegal.  It is a violation of international law as China is a signatory to the refugee convention which obligates it not to repatriate these refugees.  The People’s Republic of China signed the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol on September 24, 1982.

If China simply honored its international treaty obligations, the situation could be resolved overnight as North Korea refugees are unique: they are the only refugees in the world eligible for immediate resettlement as they already have citizenship in South Korea under Articles 2 and 3 of the Republic of Korea Constitution. In addition to South Korea and many other countries have willingly resettled North Korean refugees.

China’s policy of forcible repatriation is a death sentence for North Koreans.

Action You Can Take: The NKFC is simply asking its partners and friends around the world to deliver a letter of appeal to Chinese President Xi Jinping to stop repatriating refugees on the same date in solidarity: Monday, September 24 to the Chinese consulate or embassy in their city.  A template letter is available for use or coordinators can prepare their own letter of appeal from their respective NGO.

Some cities are also planning special events from conferences to protests from prayer vigils to movie screenings – all focused to raise awareness of the situation facing innocent men, women and children who are fleeing persecution and deprivation in North Korea.

Please do not remain silent for those being led away to death.  If you can deliver a letter or take action in solidarity to raise awareness of this issue, please email NKFC Chair, Suzanne Scholte, at Suzanne@defenseforumfoundation.org

FYI: This is the link from last year's Save North Korean Refugees Day report as a reference: http://bit.ly/2yEg3x2

www.nkfreedom.org

Suzanne Scholte
Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
President, Defense Forum Foundation
Chair, North Korea Freedom Coalition
www.defenseforumfoundation.org
www.nkfreedom.org_______________________________________________

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

another article from dailyNK citing the moral devolution due to the haves and have nots..

as the North Korean market economy grows, so does the gap between rich and poor.
this gap causes resentment and jealousy in any society and the donju are prime targets now.


https://www.dailynk.com/english/north-korean-authorities-call-for-vigilance-against-government-imposters/

North Koreans under stress again for the 70th anniversary of North Korea


https://www.dailynk.com/english/ordinary-north-koreans-indifferent-to-founding-anniversary-fanfare/

reading from the article, it looks like this event means money to the NK regime because it attracts foreign money but it puts the average north Korean under stress. this includes little kids as well who should be out playing and learning about their world instead of being stuck in a regimented schedule for months.

Friday, September 7, 2018

TV Program for stories of North Korean refugees

You can watch the stories of North Korean refugees through Korean TV whose title is "Now on my way to meet you".
You can hear the real stories and experiences about lives in North Korea from North Korean refugees.




The third meeting with Kim Jong Un will be held at Pyongyang

The third meeting with Kim Jong Un will be held at Pyongyang.
The meeting will be focused on the denuclearization in North Korea.
North Korea should get rid of all the nuclear weapons before they ask the USA to declare end of Korean War.

http://www.ytn.co.kr/_ln/0101_201809062248358655


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

north Korean shipwrecks on Japans west coast continuing

DailyNK put out another recent article regarding the north Korean fisherman getting wrecked due to unseaworthy boats, crowded boats and boats that are too small.
they are talking to Japanese fishermen who know what they are talking about
good article.


https://www.dailynk.com/english/photos-north-korean-shipwrecks-in-ishikawa-prefecture-disturb-locals/

Monday, August 20, 2018

Grace Jo gives a talk and questions and answers at George Washington University

here is a youtube presentation from NKinUSA youtube channel.

Grace is out there again champion for the North Korean people.
she gives an hour and half questions and answers.




Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Yeon-Mi Park starts her own youtube channel

Yeon-Mi Park is a north Korean defector who wrote the book "In order to live"
she is a human rights activist for north Koreans and has spoken at many venues.

just found out about this a few days ago and she intends to post regular updates and answer questions.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQu57KgT7gOoLCAu3FFQsA


she and Ji Seong-Ho have teamed up to start their own organization called Freedom for North Korea
Ji Seong-Ho became disabled after blacking out from starvation and falling from a train in north Korea..
he survived and came to realize that the NK regime could't care less about him so he decided to defect.
somehow he made it through China minus a leg and hand and has since started his own organization in south Korea called NAUH

http://www.nauh.or.kr/eng/main/main.php

http://freedomfornorthkorea.org/

Friday, August 10, 2018

FREE pre-release screening of The Spy Gone North from CJ Entertainment on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.

NKinUSA and DC APA Film invite you to a FREE pre-release screening of The Spy Gone North from CJ Entertainment on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Donations will be gladly accepted at the door and will benefit both NKinUSA and DC APA Film.

Event Details

This free screening of "The Spy Gone North Korea" is hosted by NKinUSA, The North Korea Network, Korean Waves Meetup Group, and DC Asian Pacific American Film-APA Film.

Date & Time: 

Thursday, August 16th
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Location:

Cinema Arts Theatres
9650 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031


Voice of North Korea Refugees II, on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Boston.

Voice of North Korea Refugees II will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Boston.

Cholong Park is involved in this meaningful event to improve the human rights of North Korean Refugees. She ia a pianist and also working for ENoK as an artist director.

ENoK (Emancipate North Koreans) was founded in 2011. ENoK is a 501(C)(3)-approved non-profit organization registered with the Illinois Secretary of State Office

The mission of ENoK is to:

EMBRACE North Koreans

To help break down barriers between North Korean defectors and “others”

EMPOWER North Koreans

To help North Korean refugees transition to the new society and life through life-support programs such as life-skills training, job training, and education

EMANCIPATE North Koreans

To raise awareness of dire situations and human rights violations being committed in North Korea as well as the plight of North Korean refugees scattered across Asia.


Logo of ENoK (Emancipate North Koreans)

Cholong Park is planning "Voice of North Korea Refugees II" with ENoK.

Cholong Park  received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Sang Myung University and earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University under the guidance of Dr. David Kalhous.

Throughout Park’s active music career, she has developed a wide range of repertoire and discovered that chamber music, contemporary works, and piano pedagogy are her forte. She was a featured soloist performing works at the John Cage Festival, the Pre-college Piano Symposium, and the New Music Ensemble Concert at Florida State University.

In May 2014, Park made her Carnegie Hall debut performing solo and ensemble works as a founder member of the new music ensemble, What Is Noise, as their pianist.

Cholong Park is currently studying with Dean Wayman Chin in the Collaborative Piano program, chamber music emphasis, at Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has been teaching students since 2002 and has taught students of all ages & levels.



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Death Threat from North Korea and 18 “Letters from Heaven” from South Korea

this was sent to my email by Seo Kang of Defence Forum Foundation so just passing along.

Suzanne Scholte who is the president of the Defence Forum Foundation received a death threat from the North Korean regime but in stark contrast also received 18 letters from South Korean students wishing her all the best and thanking her for her human rights work.

there is a link to the article in Korean below but has been translated into English here.

i think the death threats from the north are more wishful thinking than anything else...

Dear North Korea Freedom Coalition Members and Friends:
Suzanne Scholte, the Chair of North Korea Freedom Coalition published an op-ed at Munhwa Ilbo, the South Korean newspaper, on recent threat from North Korean regime against North Korean human rights activists, and the special messages of hope and love from “Heaven”.

You can also find the full article in Korean here:

http://www.munhwa.com/news/view.html?no=2018080801073911000005 (Korean)

A Death Threat from North Korea and 18 “Letters from Heaven” from South Korea
By Suzanne Scholte, Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
published MUNHWA DAILY August 8, 2018 at

http://www.munhwa.com/news/view.html?no=2018080801073911000005

TRANSLATION:

A Death Threat from North Korea and 18 “Letters from Heaven” from South Korea
By Suzanne Scholte, Seoul Peace Prize Laureate

For over twenty years now, I have had the great honor of working for the freedom and human rights of the North Korean people.  As a result of this work, it is not unusual for the North Korean regime to attack me on their propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri.  Because I believe that North Koreans are deserving of the same freedom and human rights as South Koreans and Americans, the Kim Jong Un regime has labeled me “a female monkey”, a “dirty miser”, “an ugly political swindler”,  “a witch” and other unprintable words.  They even depicted me as a kangaroo in a cartoon attacking the annual North Korea Freedom Week when we first hosted it in Seoul.

But in July something happened that went way beyond these typical slurs and attacks.  I got this message directly in my email: “To Suzanne Scholte, This is your destiny.  You will DIE!! We see you everywhere.  We will Kill You.  Go home, and Wait Die.”  The threat was accompanied by a horrific real photo of a badly mutilated woman’s head.  The message and the photo haunted me for a day or two, and I was very ashamed about it and did not want anyone to even know about it.  It is something truly rattling to have someone hate you so much to have taken the time to have sent that message and to have taken the energy to search for the most horrific photo to accompany the death threat.  I did not want anyone to see the message or the photo for fear they would think of it when they thought of me.

Since the death threat was sent on the same day as other death threats against North Korean defectors, I knew it was from someone acting on behalf of the North Korean regime.  And it pained me that someone who does not even know me, could hate me so much simply because I wanted them to be free. I then finally realized how I should respond to this death threat: I prayed to God for this person and I now long for the day when I can meet them in person and tell them how much I love and care about them and that is why I do this work.  It is only because they are blocked from the truth by their regime that they could send such a message.

Then, something else happened about a week later: eighteen postcards arrived from South Korea.  The death threat from North Korea came on July 7th, but on June 29th, someone in South Korea, who also I do not know, arranged for 18 South Korean young people to send these postcards- all handwritten with illustrations from students in South Korea .  All were mailed from Korea on June 29, 2018 from "GY. DEOKYANG" and each of them had the same return address: "South Korea, A letter from Heaven" and the same message " I love Scholte" and then different notes of encouragement with illustrations, Bible verses, etc. on the reverse side.

One wrote: "The reason I wrote this letter is to give you strength"; another wrote: "Jesus will give you strength All the Time". Almost all wrote: “Thank you for helping the people of North Korea.”

And I realized that at the same time when someone in North Korea was looking for that horrible photo to send me and preparing a death threat, God was prompting someone in South Korea to encourage these students to send these powerful messages of love and support and prayers for freedom for North Korea and wisdom and strength for me.

It was truly awesome because I do not have any idea who is the North Korean who sent the death threat or who are the South Koreans who sent the postcards?  The reason why I decided to write this OPED is because I hope this message will reach them all.  These young South Koreans need to know how much their messages meant to me and how the timing was so important.  And they all need to know I have the same message for both: I love you, North Koreans and South Koreans.

I choose to stand on the messages in those 18 beautiful “Letters from Heaven” and I hope that one day I can thank the South Koreans in person who sent them, and one day soon I also hope to meet and hug that North Korean who sent a different kind of message, so they will know how much I care about them.
###


Suzanne Scholte
Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
President, Defense Forum Foundation
Chair, North Korea Freedom Coalition
www.defenseforumfoundation.org
www.nkfreedom.org

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Federalist interviewed Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA

Federalist interviewed Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA



Grace Jo’s first memory of North Korea is sitting by her grandmother, selling a bucket of dried fish in the marketplace. Her grandmother raised her and her four siblings, because her parents were often gone trying to find food, whether by scavenging for wild vegetables in the mountains or by bartering, at times nearly begging, in the market.

More than two decades later, Grace Jo told her story this week at  George Mason University’s Arlington campus. The Fund for American Studies hosted the event.

“Here in America, it’s difficult to understand. You cannot imagine what life without freedom is like,” Grace Jo said.  Her grandmother, as well as her two younger brothers, eventually succumbed to starvation in North Korea.

Her older sister went missing after going to China to find food. The Jo family doesn’t know for certain but assumes she was either forced into sex trafficking or sold as a bride to a Chinese farmer.

Her father is also dead. After realizing that there was no food for his family in his country, he made the perilous journey into China to ask for a bag of rice from relatives. On his third trip, someone reported him to government officials, who promptly arrested him.

Grace Jo’s family heard nothing about their father for weeks, until a letter came from the North Korean government. The letter stated that Jo’s father had jumped from a train transferring him from one camp to another. The officers fatally shot him as a result. The news shocked Jo’s mother so much that she went into labor prematurely.

Afterwards, Grace Jo’s mother doubted the statement that the government gave her. Not only was her husband weak from the lack of food, but he also had a genetic condition that made jumping from trains very unlikely.

She started asking around and found a man Jo’s father had been imprisoned with. According to his roommate, the guards beat Jo’s father every night until he passed out, and his face was covered with blood. He died as a result of the torture and malnutrition. To dodge discipline, the officials concocted the story they sent his wife.

His death left their family with no means of finding food. For 11 days, Jo and her brothers consumed nothing but cold water and laid fetal on the floor, counting the minutes go by. Feverish, they tried to ease the pain by looking for cold spots on the concrete floor.

An older woman from their community stopped by and saw their state. Although food was scarce all around, she gave the Jo family a kilogram of corn, which Jo’s mother chopped finely and boiled. That porridge was the first food they had eaten in almost two weeks.

Shortly thereafter, her mother and grandmother found six newborn mice outside. They were overjoyed and immediately began deliberating about the best way to prepare the mice. Newborn mice are a traditional North Korean remedy for malnutrition.

After her mother and grandmother had decided that they would boil the mice for a soup, they had to make the awful choice of who would get to eat them. They decided on their daughter Grace.

Although it took some coaxing to get her to eat the soup, Jo described it as “very delicious.” Served over a combination of corn porridge and white rice, it greatly improved Jo’s health. Her hair, which had become dull and yellow, regained some of its natural black color and shine.

Grace Jo’s mother knew long-term survival was impossible in North Korea. In July 1996, she, Jo, and Jo’s sister began the journey northward to China.

It was hot and oppressively humid. The Yalu River, which creates the border between China and North Korea, was swollen from the heavy rains. The waters reached her mother’s waist and her sister’s shoulders. Jo, who was seven years old at the time, sat in a backpack on her mother’s shoulders to avoid drowning. The trip lasted an hour.

Once in China, the Jos still could not rest. North Koreans aren’t considered refugees in China and are repatriated back to North Korea if caught. There, they face almost certain death. Chinese police officers act as plain clothes civilians then arrest refugees. As a result, Jo, her mother, and sister cringed at the sound of police sirens.

Over the next decade, Jo was repatriated three times. She was imprisoned. Her mother and sister were tortured. Their saving grace was a pastor who they had met earlier. While in China, Jo and her family became involved with a Christian community. She went to a school an American pastor started for orphans. This American pastor eventually raised money for Jo and her family’s release from a North Korean prison camp.

With the $10,000 raised, he was able to bribe six North Korean officials for their freedom. Once back in China, the United Nations rescued them and let them enter the United States as legal refugees.

“We felt like came to heaven,” Jo said of the United States. “We didn’t have to fear anymore.”

Five years after that, Jo and her family became American citizens, joining 200 North Korean refugees who live in the United States. Jo, her mother, and her sister slowly stopped looking over their shoulders for plain-clothes police officers. Once, after getting pulled over, Jo’s mother yelled at her sister, afraid they would be sent back to North Korea by the American officer. Jo’s sister was startled at first, then started laughing uncontrollably.

“Mom, you don’t have to be afraid anymore,” Jo’s sister said. “This is America.”

After the officer ran their license and registration and let them go, Jo’s mother was stunned. “I guess this is what freedom is,” she said. The idea that one could interact with the police without the fear of violence or the need for bribes shocked them.

Now as American citizens, they are advocating for North Korean refugees still stuck in China. The Jo family founded the nonprofit NKinUSA, which funds rescue missions in China. Jo is the vice president. According to Jo, it costs about $3,000 to bring a refugee to safety. Since 2012, NKinUSA has helped 98 refugees.

Her activism hasn’t stopped there. She was a guest at the U.N. Security Council’s session on North Korean human rights. She has spoken on NBC, on CBS, and at Harvard about her story.

Grace Jo hopes to study international law, so she can fight the forced repatriation of North Korean refugees in China. In the meantime, she’s working as a dental assistant and taking classes at Montgomery College.

Her talk comes on the heels of President Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Jo was very disappointed with the outcomes of the meeting, which she said legitimized Kim to many in the West.

“The U.S. government did not get anything from the meeting. North Korea did,” she said.
She thought Kim’s talk of dismantling nuclear missiles distracted many from the human rights abuses that occur in the country. She said she hopes the media would focus more on the starving North Korean people than on the nuclear situation.

She wants people to remember the people sitting in prison camps, who are forced to sit at 45-degree angles for hours at a time. She wants people to advocate for her fellow Christians in China who pray silently to themselves at night because gatherings catch the attention of authorities. She wants people to know that her father lived in fear after killing a government cow to feed her family, because the punishment for that is death.

Jo began her talk by reminding her audience that they have no grasp of what life without freedom is like. Jo and her family are now working so North Koreans may one day be able to say the same thing.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/07/12/north-korea-survivor-tells-starvation-torture-cannot-imagine-life-without-freedom-like/


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

some good news for regular prisoners in North Korea

good news if you are a common prisoner but not if you're a political prisoner...

a quote from the article
 The move to declare mass amnesty is connected to the regime’s attempts to portray Kim as a “leader who makes generous decisions because of his love for the people.” 
 i don't think so....๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ฉ

overall though, it's good news. especially for those already in a gulag and for their families


https://www.dailynk.com/english/north-korea-announces-three-year-reductions-in-some-prison-camp-sentences/

Friday, July 20, 2018

North Korean Nuclear Program Explained

i came across this today.
it's a satirical enactment of why the north reacted with a nuke program of its own.
after the armistice, the united states deployed missiles in the ROK capable of delivering a nuke. the missiles were called honest john.
the north found out about this and reacted with a program of their own.

that's what this clip is about



i should also add that the united states (cia) has been secretly moving weapons grade plutonium round Japan for years also.
even though Japan has nuclear energy, it also has the ability to make nukes of it's own according to alot of research by Joseph Trento.

again. not defending the DPRK regime, just pointing out that the u.s. is no angel either. 

http://theinternationalforecaster.com/topic/international_forecaster_weekly/japans_stealth_army







Thursday, July 19, 2018

North Korea has over 2.6 million 'modern slaves'

 People normally associate the practice of slavery to have long been put out of use. While this may be the case in the majority of the world, unfortunately, there are still many places where slavery is still prevalent. North Korea currently has the highest prevalence of slavery. Based on the 2018 Global Slavery Index, there are approximately 2.6 million 'modern slaves' in North Korea.
The term 'modern slavery' is defined as forced labor, human trafficking, economic leverage such as "debt bondage", forced marriages, and child labor. It is evident that the North Korean government has the "weakest response to slavery out of all the countries surveyed [in the 2018 Global Slavery Index]", and this weakness is highlighted due to the North Korean Regime's constant use of forced labor within and outside the nation. 
Although there have been talks of denuclearization and a potential alliance between the United States and North Korea, there hasn't been a formal discussion towards rectifying the blatant human rights violation occurring within North Korea. 
           As Amanda Mortwedt Oh of the Committee of Human Rights in North Korea said, North Korea is a slave state. Any talks of peace and partnership should first involve a conversation addressing the human violations, such as modern slavery, that the North Korean Regime commits daily. How can the World trust a nation that puts their own citizens in shackles?
Many North Koreans are human trafficked to other nations and become forced laborers.
Link to other articles pertaining to the modern slavery in North Korea:
1. http://humantraffickingsearch.org/north-korean-slave-labor/
2.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/07/19/north-korea-has-2-6-million-modern-slaves-new-report-estimates/
3.https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/19/north-korea-has-modern-day-slaves-world-report-reveals-rights/