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Defectors to talk to British MPs

Escapees from North Korea to tell of their horrific experiences

Mike MacLachlan, London
United Kingdom

April 24, 2012

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Three defectors from North Korea are set to take part in a discussion at the British parliament tomorrow to mark North Korea Freedom Week. Kim Joo-il, who was in the North Korean army, Shin Dyong-yuk, who was born in a prison camp, and Yun Tae-yang, who is now a parliamentary candidate in South Korea, will give their personal experiences of life in the Stalinist state. North Korea Week is organised by the North Korea Freedom Coalition, which is hosting a number of events in South Korea this week. The London event, at the House of Commons, is co-hosted by the Henry Jackson Society, a British-based think tank, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a member of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea, an umbrella group of more than 40 rights organizations founded in Tokyo last year. “First-hand testimony of life inside North Korea’s prison camps is rare and incredibly valuable,” said Benedict Rogers, CSW’s East Asia team leader. The meeting would be “a unique opportunity to raise awareness and contribute to exposing the human rights crisis” in North Korea, he added.
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