The Honorable Hong Joon-pyo, Chairman of the Grand National Party

The Honorable Park Hee-Tae, Speaker of the National Assembly

The Honorable Hwang Woo-Yea, Floor Leader of the Grand National Party

The Honorable Son Hak-Gyu, Chairman of the Democratic Party

The Honorable Kim Jin-Pyo, Floor Leader of the Democratic Party

The Honorable Sim Dae Pyung, Chairman of the Liberty Forward Party

The Honorable Kim Nak Sung, Floor Leader of the Liberty Forward Party

 

Dear National Assembly and Party Leaders:

On the eve of the 63rd anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are writing to express to you our deep concern for the ongoing human rights abuses suffered by the people of North Korea, and the lack of action by the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly to address these conditions.

We have seen major parties in other countries join together to address Pyongyang’s violations: the United States Congress in 2004; the Japanese Diet in 2006; and most recently, the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the European Parliament. The United Nations has appointed a Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea and has adopted a resolution on the situation every year since 2005.

In 2005, National Assembly member (now Governor) KIM Moon Soo first submitted a North Korea Human Rights Act. We hear repeatedly that the National Assembly will not take action because of the ‘politics’ in South Korea. But this is not about politics. It is about the fate of 23 million people, many of whom are engaged in a daily struggle to survive.

We, the signatories of this letter, represent many points on the political spectrum, we are of many faiths and many nations. But we are united in the belief that all people who are fortunate to live in freedom have a moral obligation to act on behalf of those who live in tyranny.

We believe it is crucial that you, the political leaders of South Korea, join together to speak out forcefully in defense of the North Korean people, including passing the North Korea Human Rights Act. Thank you.

With respect,

 

Suzanne Scholte, President

Defense Forum Foundation

Seoul Peace Prize Laureate

USA

 

Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Asia Division

Human Rights Watch

 

Roberta Cohen, Chair

Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director

Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

 

Jack Rendler, Founding Member

International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea
 

 

Richard V. Allen, Senior Fellow

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & Peace, Stanford University

 

Jay Lefkowitz

U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights  2005-2009

 

Katrina Lantos Swett, President

Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

 

Dr. Carl Moeller, President & CEO

Open Doors USA

 

Carl Gershman, President

National Endowment for Democracy

 

Morton Abramowitz, Senior Fellow

The Century Foundation

 

Marcus Noland

Deputy Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics*

 

Ann Buwalda, Esq., Founder and Executive Director

Jubilee Campaign

 

Jim Butterworth, Director

Incite Productions

Producer, Seoul Train

 

Agnieszka Gratkiewicz, Project Officer

Lech Walesa Institute

 

Helen-Louis Hunter

Author,Kim Il Song’s North Korea

 

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean

Simon Wiesenthal Center

 

Peter Kang, Ph.D., President

Seung-Yop Lee, Board Member

Korean Freedom Alliance

 

Haruhisa Ogawa, Honorary Co-Representative

The Society to Help Returnees to North Korea

 

Jared Genser, International Human Rights Lawyer

 

James Han, President

Korean Vietnam Veterans of Washington

 

Pierre Rigoulot, President

Robert Pepin, Secretary General

Committee to Help the People of North Korea

 

Gregory Stanton, President

Genocide Watch

 

Patrick Cheh, President

Wakingup Media

Producer, Crossing

 

Shojun Sunagawa and Mokuri Ozawa, Co-Representatives

NO FENCE

 

Jeff King, President

Isaac Six, Advocacy Officer

International Christian Concern

 

Roland Watson, Director

Dictator Watch

 

Dr. Kongdan Oh, Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Brookings Institution*

 

PSALT NK

 

Willy Fautre, Director

Human Rights without Frontiers

 

Benedict Rogers, East Asia Team Leader

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

United Kingdom

 

NC Heikin, Independent Film Director

Producer/Director Kimjongilia

 

Chang Kun Chong, President

Federation of Korean American Senior Citizens Association of MD, VA, DC

 

Tae Ha Lee, President

Korean War Veterans Association of Washington

USA

 

Jae Hyun Bae, Chairman, Board of Directors

Citizen’s Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees

 

Andrew Langer, President

Institute for Liberty

 

Charles J. Eusey, Esq., Director

Public Affairs and Religious Liberty

Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

 

Elsye Elisabet Rau

Indonesian Christian Church*

 

Peter Kwon, National Chairman

Korean-American Peace Alliance

 

In Young Park, Chairman

NGNK (No Gulags North Korea)

 

Pastor Wally Magdangal, Founder and President

Roxann Moss, Administration & Special Projects

Christians In Crisis

 

Lisa Colacurcio, Board Member

Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

 

Sam Kim, Executive Director

Korean Church Coalition for North Korea Freedom

 

Rosa Manson, Independent Diplomat

Humanitarian Emergency Planning Disaster Relief

 

Heung Kwang Kim, Executive Director

Myung Hak Doh, Secretary General

In Ae Hyun, Vice-Director

Geum Chum Choi, Editing Designer

Joo Han Oh, Editor in Chief

Choong Shik Park, Director of Planning,

Young Chul Huh, Productions Director,

Hyung Il Kim, Web Designer

Michelle Trujillo, Dir. of International Cooperation,

NK Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS)

Republic of Korea

 

Rev. Heemoon Lee, President

HANKR (Helping Angels for North Korean Refugees)

USA

 

Dr. Thomas Y. Chung, CEO & President

William B. Min, Esq., Vice-President

Tom Byun, Executive Director

Korean War POW Affairs &

International Korean War Memorial Foundation

USA

 

 

Frank Testa

Alpha and Omega Ministries

USA

 

Pavel Klein, M.D., Director

Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy & Sleep Center

USA

 

Ted Gover, Instructor of Political Science
Central Texas College
USA

 

Nam Hee Kim, Treasurer.

ThiNK of Georgetown University*

Republic of Korea

 

Michelle Petrazzuolo, Founder
United for North Korean Freedom
United States

 

Bong Keon Kim, President,

Free Korea Vanguard Foundation

USA

 

Yohngsohk Choe, President,

Headquarters for Korean American Movement to Protect Dokdo Islands

USA

 

Teresa Ost, Director,

North Korea Freedom Coalition of Mexico

Mexico

 

Jaehee Yoo, Student

LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*

USA

 

Rainer Crosett, Member

HRiNK - Harvard Human Rights in North Korea*

USA

 

Ulma Lee, President

Rose of Sharon Mission

Canada

 

Pastor Mushtaq Gill, President

LEAD

Pakistan

Mattias Johansson, Technical Support Specialist

Sweden          

 

Joan Y Hoover,Circle of Friends

Jubilee Campaign

USA
 

Yang-Chun Lee, President

Korean American Freedom Alliance

USA

 

Hiroshi Kato, Director

Life Funds for North Korean Refugees

Japan

 

Steve Y. Rhee, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Armstrong Atlantic State University
USA

 

Hungju Yu, President

Freedom Society of America

USA

 

Betsy Page Sigman, Distinguished Teaching Professor

Georgetown University*

USA

 

Sam Han, Founder and CEO
Han-Schneider International Children's Foundation

USA

 

Marivic Quiazon, Founding Director

North Korea & Beyond Missions International
United Kingdom

 

Choi Kwang-suk, Commissioner of International Cooperation

Korean War Abductees' Family Union

Republic of Korea

 

Nancy Purcell, CEO
318 Partners Mission Foundation

USA

 

 

Sung Wook Chung, Professor of Theology

Denver Seminary

USA

 

Tim Peters, Founder

Helping Hands Korea

Republic of Korea

 

David Hawk, Visiting Scholar

Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights

USA

 

Brother Adalberto Santiago,

Volunteer Director and Founder

International Christian Embassy

Puerto Rico, USA

 

Nicholas Eberstadt
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy
American Enterprise Institute

USA

 

Ryan Mauro, National Security analyst

Wikistrat

USA

 

Kan Ando, Journalist
Japan

 

Andrew Yeo, Assistant Professor

Catholic University of America

USA

 

Chung Kyu Ho, Vice President

Korean Council on Latin America & the Caribbean

Professor Emeritus, Hankuk University

Republic of Korea

 

Hun Sok Kang(Republic of Korea)

Anna David(USA)

Rita Vasquez(USA)

Freedom and Life for All North Koreans
 

Richard Kim, President

Hanwul Movement
USA
 

 

Marlene Bagnull, Director

Write His Answer Ministries

USA

 

Chuck Downs, Author

Over the Line

USA

 

Jee Jee Kim, Director

Awareness Respect Compassion

USA

 

Tomoyuki Kawazoe, Chairperson
Kanagawa Association for The Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea

Member, Reporters Without Borders
Japan

 

Robert Atkins Walker, Ph.D., CPA, President

Robert Atkins Walker PC
USA

 

Mikko Heikkonen, teacher

Vesala junior high school

Finland

 

Daniel Varela, President

Christian Lawyer Association of Paraguay

Paraguay

 

Kyung B. Lee, President

Chando Park, Vice President

Gye Young Kim, Secretary

Alain Dionne, Regional Director - Ottawa

The Council for Human Rights in North Korea

Canada

 

Hairyong Suh, President

Korean Americans for Liberty and Human Rights

USA

 

Mark Albrecht, Senior Editor

Trans World Editorial Services

USA

 

William Choi, Director

The Asia Inc.

USA

Doug Gentile, President

James 2 Association

USA

 

Jin Gyun Shin, President

Hwanghae-do Association of Greater Washington Region

USA

 

Kyu Yon

Korean War Veterans Association of Washington

USA

 

Rev. Yoon Sik Park, Chairman

Korean Hwarang Association of Washington

USA

 

Dong-Shin Kim, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Kyungpook National University

USA

 

Helen Chang, President

Federation of Korean American Associations, Mid-South

USA

 

Kyung Jun Son, President

North Korean Provinces Association

of Washington DC Region

USA

 

Dr. Richard Land, President

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Southern Baptist Convention

USA

 

Hon Tidal W. McCoy, Chairman,

TW McCoy Foundation

USA

 

Lisa Scaling, Chairman

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

USA

 

Peter Jung, Director

Justice For North Korea (JFNK)

Republic of Korea

 

 

Keong Suk Suh, Representative

ANKHRO (Association of North Korea Human Rights Organizations)

Republic of Korea

 

Kyu Ho Kim, Secretary-General

CSR (Christians for Social Responsibility)

Republic of Korea

 

David Lippiatt, Executive Director and President

WE International, Inc.

USA

 

Sin U Nam, Architect

North Korea Human Rights Activist

USA

 

Young Ae Ma, President

NK Refugees Mission

USA

 

Linda Dye, member

North Korea Freedom Coalition

USA

 

David K. O'Hannah, musician

USA

 

Yungkeun Oh, Poet and Professor Emeritus

Yonsei University

USA

 

Hyun Song, Board of Directors

PSALT

 

Betsy Kawamura, Consultant

Norway

 

Maria Kim, Member

North Korea Freedom Coalition

USA

 

Beverlie Myers
USA

 

Young Soon Lee

USA

 

 

Michael Dorr

USA

 

Sachin Desai, Law Student

Harvard Law School
USA

 

Hanhwe Kim, Law Student
USA

 

Bok Lee, Member

North Korea Freedom Coalition

USA

 

Aaron Peterson, Member

North Korea Freedom Coalition

USA

 

Jenny Mae Taylor, Member

Jubilee Campaign

Canada

 

Kelley Pinzon

USA

 

Jay Keddy, Teacher

Canada

 

Bill Hawkins, retired teacher and world traveler

USA

 

Soobin Im, Artist

USA

 

Chang Bog Lee, Ret.Brig.General

Korean War Veteran

USA

 

Mary A. Robbins

USA

 

Jinhye Jo

North Korean defector

USA

 

Eunhye Jo

North Korea defector

USA

 

 

Mi Song Han

North Korean defector

USA

 

(*please note title and organization for identification purposes only)

 

The following are 26 North Korean Defector NGOs who signed on to this appeal:

 

Hong Soong Kyung, Director

Committee for the Democratization of North Korea

 

Park Sang Hak, Director

Fighters for Free North Korea

 

Kim Tae Jin, Director

Free the North Korean Gulag

 

Jang Se Yul, Director

North Korean People’s Liberation Front

 

An Chan Il, Director

World Institute of North Korea Studies

 

Huh Chang Gul, Director

NK Information

 

Jung Sung San, Director

NK Cultural Foundation

 

Bahng Book Oak, Director

NK Women’s Human Rights Campaign

 

Kim In Sil, Director

North Korean Defectors’ Volunteers Association

 

Kim Tae Beom, Secretary-General

Peace Unification NK Defectors’ Alliance

 

Kang Su Jin, Director

Coalition for North Korean Women’s Rights

 

Kim Young Il, Director

PSCORE (People for Successful COrean REunification)

 

 

Kim Young Nam, Director

North Korean Defectors Artists Association

 

Han Nam Soo, Director

NK Young Defectors’ Human Rights Alliance

 

The Rev. Kang Chul Ho, Director

NK Defectors’ Support Center

 

Kang Chul Hwan, Director

Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights

 

Huh Kwang Il, Director

Unity Preparations NK Defectors’ Association

 

Lee Hae Young, Secretary-General

Association of the North Korean Defectors

 

Yoon In Ho, Director

South North Love Club

 

Im Young Sun, Director

SPTV (Seoul Pyongyang TV)

 

Choi Jung Ha, Secretary-General

Sungy Association

 

Kim Seong Min, Director

Free North Korea Radio

 

Jo Bong Il, Director

People Together

 

Kim Shin Oak, Director

Pyongyang Performing Artists Troupe

 

Koh Mae Hwa, Director

North Korean Defectors’ Silver Volunteers’ Association

 

Joo Myung Shin, President

Paektu-Halla Association

 

(26 North Korean defectors organizations)

 

 

 

 

 

The following is a list of individual North Korean Defectors who signed onto this letter:

 

Oh Jin Ha

Choi Jung Hyun

Lee Myung Hee

Choi Hyun Joon

Chae Myung Min

Kim Jung Ae

Kim Myung Hah

Lee Sung Hoon

Kim Young Deok

Kim Tae Gun

Han Jong Gu

Park Hyok

Yoon Jae Hong

Kim Young Nam

Lee Yeol Dae

Han Jong Gu

Huh Min Seop

Kim Young Soon

Lee Nam Soo

Hahm Cheol Jin

Park Sang Joon

Lee Cheol Ho

 

 

Kim Seong Il

Kim Jae Il

Lee Gwang Myung

Park Sung Jin

Han Young Joo

Lee Kyung Chul

Kim Cheol Min

Kim Gwang Myung

Kim Cheol Nam

Kim Cheol

Kang Young Il

Cha Cheol Hyok

Jung Chul Gil

Choi Myung Ho

Lee Song Il

Jung Na Hyun

Kim Seong Guk

Kim Myung Soo

Kim Jung Yoon

Jung Young Nam

Park Song Guk

Ahn Cheol Yong

Ahn Jong Ho

Kimg Jung Chol

 

Kim Jong Guk

Ahn Cheol Min

Lee Gwang Ho

Jung Gwang Cheol

Choi Deok Soo

Park Hak Il

Jang Guk Cheol

Seo Won Cheol

Kim Young Soo

Kang Myong Cheol

Kim Kwang Nam

Lee Dong Hoon

Kim Jeong Gul

Kim Seong Cheol

Ahn Chang Il

Huh Gwang Il

Yoo Sang Jun

Cha Kyung Sook

Man Young Nam

Lee Seong Hyun

Lee Gook Chun

Kim Choong Gil

Kim Gwang Il

Lee Jong Joo

 

Lee Kwang Cheol

Lee Won Ho

Kim Kyung Deok

Lee Sung Rok

Park Choong Kil

Lee Gook Seong

Park Hyun Nam

Yoon Hee Yong

Park Seong Ryul

Kim Myung Seop

Kim Il Nam

Lee Young Hee

Kwak Young Ae

Song Young Sam

Lee Myung Sook

Park Gun Hah

Park Geum Joo

Lee Cheol Oak

Kim Hyang Choon

Park Jin Sook

Kwak Myong Il

Kim Gwang Il

Kim Myung Seong

Lee Jin Myong

 

Park Choon Ho

Kim Kwang Nam

Huh Geum Soon

Choi Cheol Hyeok

Lee Gwang Cheol

Kim Hyok