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UN human rights expert calls on North Korea’s new leadership to address long-st... 
Date : January 25, 2012
The new leadership in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was on Friday urged to address pressing human rights concerns and resolve long-standing issues, including the abduction of Japanese and other foreign nationals, by the UN’s independent expert on human rights in the country. Source: United Nations Human Rights
AFP: Activists urge N. Korea to boost rights 
Date : January 11, 2012
Dozens of international rights groups urged North Korea's new leader in an open letter released on Monday to improve human rights in the isolated state and build a different legacy than his late father. The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea called on Kim Jong-Un to change course and curb abuses, after he was proclaimed "great successor" to longtime ruler Kim Jong-Il, who died on December 17. In a statement signed by 39 campaigners, including Amnesty International, the coalition said over 200,000 men, women and children are held in North Korean prisons and labour camps, mostly for political reasons or because they are related to an offender. Source: Agence France-Press
Christians Back Human Rights Plea to Kim Jong-Un 
Date : January 10, 2012
Christian groups are among the signatories of an open letter to the new North Korean leader appealing for an end to human rights abuses in the country. The letter says that the 24.5 million people in North Korea are “living in fear” of arbitrary detention, disappearance, torture or death. The groups condemn the decades-long mistreatment of North Koreans at the hands of the regime, including the detention of an estimated 200,000 men, women and children for political reasons in prison or labour camps. Source: Christian Today
Kim Jong-Il has died at 70 
Date : December 19, 2011
"Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69. Kim's death was announced Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media." Source: Associated Press
Darusman Slams NK for Failures 
Date : November 25, 2011
Maruzki Darusman, the UN’s special rapporteur on North Korean human rights issues, believes there has been no improvement since he took on the role in 2010, and has once again urged Pyongyang to take action to remedy its multitude of human rights failings. Source: The Daily NK
U.N. rights envoy pledges utmost efforts to locate 'abducted' family i... 
Date : November 25, 2011
"The United Nations' envoy on North Korean human rights on Friday promised to work toward the return of a Korean family believed to be held in the communist country, saying the case highlights the urgency of resolving abductions by the North." Source: Yonhap News Agency
Oh Kil Nam's Story 
Date : November 24, 2011
This video presents Dr. Oh Kil Nam’s tragic family story. Source: Korean Broadcasting System Language: Korean
Trek for Tongyeong, Day 3 
Date : November 22, 2011
"The nationwide trek to proclaim ‘Rescue the Daughter of Tongyeong!’ is already in its third day and there are still no signs of fatigue on the faces of the twenty participants. The atmosphere is jolly, with everyone going to great lengths to cheer one another on". Source: The Daily NK
UN Human Rights Envoy Visiting S.Korea 
Date : November 21, 2011
U.N. human rights envoy on North Korea Marzuki Darusman is in South Korea to collect information to prepare a report for submission to the U.N. Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. Source: KBS World
UN to Help Repatriate S.Korean Family from N. Korea 
Date : November 21, 2011
U.N. human rights agencies have pledged to try and help secure the repatriation of Sin Suk-ja and her daughters who are believed to be detained at a political prison camp in North Korea. Source: KBS World
Nothing Compared to Their Suffering - Daughter of Tongyeong 
Date : November 21, 2011
The chief of the movement to rescue Shin Suk Ja and her children, Choi Hong Jae of North-South Youth Action, will launch a 680km trek to raise awareness of the plight of Shin Suk Ja in Tongyeong on the south coast of South Korea. Source: The Daily NK
Trek for Tongyeong Launched 
Date : November 21, 2011
Standing before the statue of Admiral Yi Sun Shin at the heart of Gwanhwamun Plaza today, the organizers of the ongoing campaign to save the Daughter of Tongyeong, Shin Suk Ja and her two children held aloft a banner today proclaiming ‘We Command Kim Jong Il! Release the Daughter of Tongyeong Immediately!’ to launch a 680km nationwide awareness-raising trek. Source: The Daily NK
Family imprisoned, Oh pleads for help in D.C. 
Date : November 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - For years, Oh Kil-nam, 69, has been on a campaign to rescue his wife and two daughters from a North Korean prison camp. On Monday, the South Korean went to Capitol Hill in Washington to make a special appeal at the eighth general meeting of the International Parliamentarians’ Coalition for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights. Source: Joongang Daily
UN official on N.Korean human rights in Seoul due Sunday 
Date : November 21, 2011
"In a six-day visit to South Korea, Darusman will speak to Shin’s husband Oh Kil-nam on domestic and overseas campaigns to save Shin and her daughters, said the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea on Thursday" Source: Dong-A Ilbo
Announcement of the "Trek for Tongyeong" 
Date : November 17, 2011
"With the movement to save Shin Suk Ja and her two daughters having spread from civil society to the South Korean government and the UN, some members of the movement are now preparing to launch a trek from Tongyeong to Imjingak on the inter-Korean border to spread the word even further." Source: The Daily NK
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