Documentary and Presentation: The Plight of Refugees in North Korea

When:Tuesday, October 30, 2012
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Where:Student Union’s Ogeechee Theatre on the Armstrong campus, 11935 Abercorn Street
Admission:Free and open to the public!

About this event:

The Armstrong Office of International Education presents a documentary and presentation on The Plight of Refugees in North Korea.

This documentary and presentation is provided by the Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) organization. LiNK is the only full-time grassroots organization in North America devoted to the North Korean human rights and humanitarian crises. It provides protection and aid to North Korean refugees hiding in China and, utilizing a modern-day underground railroad through Southeast Asia, rescues refugees and helps them to reach freedom. Their global grassroots movement works to redefine public perception on North Korea, shifting attention away from the politics and onto the people, and provides a way for concerned citizens to come alongside the North Korean people and help bring about positive change. LiNK also works to develop people- focused strategies that will have the potential to promote change inside North Korea in the long term.

LiNK reminds us in this program that the North Korean people face incredible challenges. North Korea is widely recognized as the most repressive country in the world. UN reports have described the human rights situation in the country as a category of its own, and “harrowing and horrific.” The North Korean regime attempts to deny its people almost every basic human right you can imagine. North Korea’s human rights abuses are so bad, in part, because the regime has had to rely on extreme repression to stay in power. Regime stability is the ultimate objective for the ruling elite, and the brutally efficient system of political oppression, including the prison camps, public executions and collective punishment, are the tools they have used to maintain their system.

Some of these challenges include the following:

No Freedom of Speech
No Dissonance
Public Executions
Chronic Food Shortages
Refugee Exploitation
No Religious Freedom
Collective Punishment
Cult of Personality
Dismal Public Health
Sex Trafficking
No Freedom of Movement
Political Prison Camps
Information Blockade
Refugee Crisis
Stateless Children

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