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Date : April 23, 2012
North Korea Freedom Week In London 2012
o On 23 Apr (Mon), North Korean human rights film called ‘Crossing’ will be shown at Korean Cultural Centre, hosted by Mr. Benedict Rogers, Asia director at CSW.
 
-  Korean Cultural Centre UK: Ground floor, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW.
-  Crossing: the film is based on a real story of 2002 when defectors entered into Spanish Embassy in Beijing. The film was made throughout the defectors’ route of 3,000 km including China and Mongolia. 
 
o  On 24 Apr (Tue), ‘Winter Butterfly’ will be shown at the UK Parliament.
 
o  Winter Butterfly: an 11-year-old Jino, North Korean, looks after his ailing mum who is the only family to him. One day, he got lost in a mountain and got home after few days. However, his mum, who has been and suffering from hunger and coldness committed something terrible… It reports a naked duality of the regime that asks for aids to International Community putting up starving ordinary North Koreans while it imports extravagant goods and develops missiles and nuclear weapons.
 
o  The event on 25 Apr (Wed) is as follows:
 
- NK Human Rights Campaigns: 17:00~18:00 Parliament Square
-  N. Korean Human Rights Hearing: 18:00~19:00 UK Parliament
-  Candlelight campaign for NK Human Rights: 19:30~21:00 Parliament Square
 
o  On 26 Apr (Thur), ‘Kimjongilia’ will be shown at Korean Centre.
 
-    Kimjongilia: a documentary film of defectors’ stories; a defector who was born in prison camp, a defector who escaped prison camp with three generations of his family in his adolescence, a defector who was brought to prison camp after her best friend becomes a mistress of Kim Jong Il, and a defector who used to be a dancer who later was sent to the prison camp.
 
o On 27 Apr (Fri), there will be North Korean human rights exhibitions in Piccadilly Circus during the day, and ‘Winter Butterfly’ is to be shown at Korean Cultural Centre in the evening.
 
o  Details to Campaign 2 will be confirmed soon. (We are preparing with some NGOs)
  
ㅁ What is the agenda for North Korean human rights hearing on 25th at UK Parliament?
 
o Here is some of agenda.
 
o First: redefine the term ‘North Korean defector’ to stop Chinese government forcibly returning North Koreans in China.
 
- Defectors are ‘refugees’ who crossed a border avoiding political suppress and human right abuses in North Korea, not for an economic reason Chinese government argues. If Kim Jong Eun regime did not starve North Korean people, or did not suppress people brutally, there would have been no defectors crossing the border putting their lives in stake.
- Defectors are not criminals. They reborn as human beings with free souls via defection. It should be understood as ‘North Korean democratisation movement’.  
- Therefore, ‘N.Korean refugee’ should be replaced for ‘N.Korean defector’ and ‘N.Korean of free volition’ should be replaced for ‘defectors’, parting from absurd assertion. We hope the media help us to achieve our mission.
 
o Second: Early collapse of Kim Jong Eun regime, a core of North Korean human right abuses and defector issues, and establishing an alternative government abroad.
 
- Representatives of North Koreans of free volition should gather together to investigate the cause of the outbreak of defectors, and seek the solutions.
-  The main cause of North Korean human right issues including prison camps and China’s force return of defectors is the suppression by Kim Jong Eun regime. Only the early collapse of the regime will solve the problem.
-  However, internal North Korea has no capability to defeat the regime; neither has capability to nurture democracy nor opening up the country due to a tight surveillance and idolisation education. It must be sought from outside the country.
- The external movement must be actively imported to North Korea via measures such as Free NK (on line paper run by the EU North Korean Residents Society), and by establishing North Korean refugee government abroad. It will accelerate democracy and opening-up in North Korea which will ultimately lead to improve human rights.
o We will listen to the testimony given by Dong-Hyuk Shin on North Korea’s human right abuses he experienced in North Korean prison camp.


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