Pyongyang to get protest letter
Coalition of activist groups demands rights, plus access for UN, Red Cross
Representatives of a newly formed international human rights coalition are delivering letters of protest to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in cities around the world today. The letter is signed by the more than 40 members of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity (ICNK), which was formed at an international gathering in Tokyo last month. It is being delivered to Pyongyang’s representatives in cities including Tokyo, London, Paris, Geneva, New York, Bangkok and Hong Kong. A protest will also be held in Seoul. The letter calls on North Korea to end violation of human rights, including torture and execution, to close labor camps and to allow access to the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. “This global day of action is a significant statement of our deep and profound concern about the suffering of the people of North Korea,” said Benedict Rogers, East Asia team leader of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a British-based rights groups that was one of the founders of ICNK.